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June 10 , 2007

Special Olympics Torch Run at Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale State College President Dr. W. Hubert Keen with Long Island representative Track and Field athlete Ben Beavers.
Farmingdale State College President
Dr. W. Hubert Keen with Long Island
representative Track and Field
athlete Ben Beavers.
The weather was perfect at Farmingdale State College on June 5 as hundreds of law enforcement officials from Nassau and Suffolk Counties ran together onto the College's Great Lawn through a gauntlet of bag pipes and an honor guard to support the Special Olympics Torch Run. FSC's University Police officers Luis Llano and Richard Menjivar ran alongside officers from Federal, State and local agencies.


Farmingdale State College President Dr. W. Hubert Keen with University Police Chief Marvin Fischer
Farmingdale State College President
Dr. W. Hubert Keen with University Police
Chief Marvin Fischer
Dr. W. Hubert Keen welcomed the officers and spoke of the important work being done by Special Olympics. University Police Chief Marvin Fischer was awarded a special citation for his efforts in coordinating the event. Representing the Nassau County Police Department was Commissioner James Lawrence, while the Suffolk County Police Department was represented by Deputy Chief Dennis Caine. Trooper Frank Bandiero served on the Torch Run organizing committee, as did Terry Ullendhal of Special Olympics and parent Seth Falley. Director of Development Rebecca Keller served as master of ceremonies for the event. Other committee members include Joe Branzetti, Tim Motz, Tom Richardson, and Sgt. John Hermann. The color guard was led by Jack Oser. Mike Barlett led the Nassau County Pipes and Drums while Christopher Love led the Suffolk County's pipes. In October, more than thirty athletes are participating in the international Special Olympics in Shanghai, China. Long Island will be represented by Track and Field athlete Ben Beavers.

The goal of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, including mental retardation, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of skills and friendship with their families, Special Olympics athletes and the community.


Law Enforcement from Nassau and Suffolk Counties in the Special Olympics Torch Run.
Law Enforcement from Nassau
and Suffolk Counties in
the Special Olympics Torch Run.
The Torch will travel across New York State throughout the months of May and June, leading up to the Final Leg to light the cauldron at the Summer Games.  The Final Leg and Opening Ceremonies will be held June 14, 2007 at the University at Albany . Law Enforcement officers from across the state have been invited to escort the Flame of Hope into this fun-filled emotional ceremony with over 3,000 athletes from across the state!

For information, contact Rebecca Keller, Special Olympics Long Island at rkeller@nyso.org or 631-254-1465 x11.

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