PHOENIX – Teams comprised of Special Olympic Arizona athletes, local law enforcement officers and sponsor participants will compete in friendly competition in Glendale on Friday as part of the 4th Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Guardian Games.
The event, which returns after a two-year hiatus, will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Westgate Entertainment District (6751 N Sunset Blvd.) and will feature 64 teams of four competing in eight events, according to a press release. Release.
Teams will face off in a home run derby, music match, law enforcement experience, family feud, golf experience, quarterback pitch, skills challenge and street hockey.
Special Olympics Arizona supporters can attend and cheer on athletes and teams, according to the release.
Sports icons from the Valley are also in attendance, including Suns broadcast legend Al McCoy, who will serve as the opening ceremonies MC. 2001 World Series hero Luis Gonzalez of the Arizona Diamondbacks will also speak. The opening ceremony will follow the presentation of the colours, the national anthem, the lighting of the torch and the parade of Special Olympics athletes.
The community event aims to raise funds for Special Olympics Arizona, where children and adults with developmental disabilities can experience empowerment, competence, acceptance and joy through the love of the sport, according to the release.