Fan Day for Special Olympics
Sunday, October 14, 2012 7:23 AMby
The 25th anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch Run being marked this month.
Between now and October 25th, you're likely to see a lot of red shoe laces in Saugeen Shores.
Merchants will be selling them for two-dollars in an effort to recognize the importance of Special Olympics locally and across Canada.
Special Olympics spokesperson Shelley Bellamy says it's all part of "Be A Fan Day," which is a new national campaign created to share with Canadians the story of the 25th anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch Run -- a major fundraiser for Special Olympics.
Bellamy says on Thursday, October 25th -- Saugeen Shores will kick off the event at a ceremony at Coulter Parkette in downtown Port Elgin.
Shortly after a Floor/Road Hockey Challenge game will be held between Special Olympians and Saugeen Shores Police in a downtown parking lot.
Among those taking part will be 39-year-old Cindy Collins of Saugeen Shores.
Collins is a Special Olympian who will be competing in the Snowshoe event at the World Games in South Korea next January.
Collins says she's been practicing all summer snowshoeing on the sand of our beaches and looks forward to her trip.
Saugeen Shores Mayor Mike Smith, who has a family member who has participated in the games in the past, says the athletes are as talented as anyone in their own right.
All of Collins' expenses are covered by national and regional sponsors.