Special Olympics torch run starts; volunteers still needed

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WTAJ) — Happening today, it is the annual law enforcement torch run for the Special Olympics and a couple of members of the Altoona Police Department are taking part.

The group departed from PNC Park in Pittsburgh at 9 a.m. The torch will be carried 150 miles to State College, ending at the Pegula Ice Arena for Thursday’s opening ceremonies of the 2019 summer games.

Sue Paterno, has of course been a major part of the games.  Sue has been involved with the Special Olympics summer games for more than 30 out of the game’s 50-year history in Pennsylvania.
She’s just one out of 800 volunteers for the summer games.

They show us how to live, they’re non-judgemental, they help each other all the time. They’re competing against them, but they’re still rooting for each other.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we were all a bit better like that?”

-Sue Paterno, 30-time Volunteer

The Special Olympics board says they still need about 200 volunteers. Help is needed for all of the eight different competitions.

You can register to volunteer all the way up until the day of the event. The opening ceremony is this Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Pegula Ice Arena. 

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