Special Olympics Take Over UCLA With Torch Run

The final leg of the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics hit Westwood Thursday afternoon. Nearly 30 runners, representing law enforcement agencies from around the world, including Australia, Hong Kong, Holland, Canada and the United States, made their way down Westwood Boulevard, stopping at Broxton Avenue where they were greeted by an enthusiastic contingent of Bruins, including the UCLA pep band, the UCLA Spirit Squad and Joe and Josephine Bruin.


“This week, over 6,500 athletes from 165 countries have descended upon Los Angeles to show the true meaning of courage and joy and determination,” said Bill Roth, UCLA’s new play-by-play announcer for football and basketball, in his opening remarks to an audience of roughly 200 people.

From July 25 to Aug. 2, athletes ranging in age from 8 to 71 will be competing in 25 different sporting events at venues throughout the city. Eight of those events are being held at UCLA, which is housing roughly half of the athletes and coaches on campus.

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