Supporters of Special Olympics carry Flame of Hope through Baton Rouge

Supporters of Special Olympics carry Flame of Hope through Baton Rouge
Special Olympics Torch Run in Baton Rouge 2018 (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - There was a sea of law enforcement in downtown Baton Rouge on Friday, but it was for something good.

They were joining forces with Special Olympics for the 2018 official torch lighting ceremony and run.

The Flame of Hope has been zig-zagging across Louisiana to raise awareness and money for more than 15,000 athletes.

"It just means a lot to our athletes to see law enforcement in a different light and it's great for law enforcement to see people with special needs as well," said Pat Carpenter Bourgeois, CEO of Special Olympics Louisiana.

The ceremony kicks off the 2018 state summer games for the Special Olympics.

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