BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Four Lees-McRae College athletic staff members and two cross country runners participated in the North Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Wednesday afternoon.
Cross country runners April Harris and Kira Shoemaker, Athletic Director Craig McPhail, men's basketball coach Scott Polsgrove, women's basketball coach Sebastian Wild and men's and women's tennis coach Paul Goode carried the torch from the Avery/Watague County line on Highway 105 and delivered the torch to Watagua County Law Enforcement Officers. The group carried the torch 12 miles.
Each summer, law enforcement officials carry the Flame of Hope across the state in The Torch Run Final Leg, culminating in the lighting of the cauldron to officially open the Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games in Raleigh. The 2,000-mile, 15-day Torch Run Relay involves more than 2,500 law enforcement officers and personnel representing more than 200 law enforcement agencies across North Carolina in the fund raising effort.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics is officially endorsed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriff's Association, the North Carolina Sheriff's Association, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the NC Department of Corrections and the National Association of School Resource Officers.
"This is a great opportunity for our coaches and student-athletes to give back not only to the community but to a group of people who are equally as gifted in a very special way," McPhail said. "I am proud of our coaches for taking part in this, as well as the young ladies from our cross country program. This is sign of character, dedication and pride we have in who and what we are at Lees-McRae College."