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Haywood County receives Special Olympics torch

Photo courtesy: Sabrina L. Greene Photography

The Special Olympics Flame of Hope shines bright in Haywood County!

Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher and his office received a unique gift —their own Special Olympics torch.

Athletes and staff with Special Olympics North Carolina traveled to Haywood County from the Raleigh area to present this gift. During the ceremony, sheriff’s office corporal Daniel Blagg presented a check on behalf of the sheriff’s office to SONC for more than $32,000. This is money that was raised during Haywood County’s Cops on Top event this summer.

“It is amazing to see the way people come together during the Cops on Top weekend every year in support of these athletes,” said Sheriff Greg Christopher.

In the past 8 years, the Haywood County Cops on Top event has pulled in more than $172,000 for Special Olympics North Carolina, thanks to sponsors and community donations.

“We present this torch to you in support of inclusion and dignity of more than 40,000 athletes across the state,” said Director of Development Leslie Moyar with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics North Carolina.

More than 200 law enforcement agencies in North Carolina are involved in fundraising efforts for Special Olympics.