Law Enforcement Torch Run Guardian Games to take place Friday in Glendale

Mar 26, 2022, 6:30 AM

Flickr File Photo/Arizona Law Enforcement Torch Run)...

Flickr File Photo/Arizona Law Enforcement Torch Run)

PHOENIX — Teams made up of Special Olympic Arizona athletes, local law enforcement officers and sponsor participants will compete in a friendly competition in Glendale on Friday as part of the 4th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Guardian Games.

The event, which returns following 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 feature 64 teams of four competing in eight events, according to a press release.

Teams will go head-to-head in a home run derby, a music game, a law enforcement experience, family feud, a golf experience, a quarterback toss, a skills challenge and street hockey.

Supporters of Special Olympics Arizona can attend and cheer on the athletes and teams, according to the release.

Valley sports icons are also set to attend, including Suns broadcast legend Al McCoy who will serve as the MC of the opening ceremonies. 2001 World Series hero Luis Gonzalez of the Arizona Diamondbacks will also provide remarks. Following the opening ceremony will be the presentation of colors, the national anthem, torch lighting and Special Olympics Athletes parade.

The community event aims to raise funds for Special Olympics Arizona, where children and adults with intellectual disabilities can experience empowerment, competence, acceptance and joy through the love of sports, according to the release.

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Law Enforcement Torch Run Guardian Games to take place Friday in Glendale