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Special Olympics "Flame of Hope" to Appear in Florence

A bit of Special Olympics history will make a stop in Northern Kentucky when the Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America presented by Bank of America holds a celebration at Kerry Toyota in Florence.

The Unified Relay is carrying the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” torch from the east coast of the United States to Los Angeles for 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games. It is being conducted across three routes with Kentucky on the Central Route, which kicked off May 26 in Washington D.C. The Flame of Hope entered Kentucky on June 2 before crossing into Ohio and returns on June 4 just before the Kerry Toyota celebration. Toyota is the official vehicle supplier of the Unified Relay Across America and a worldwide partner of the World Summer Games.

The Kerry Toyota event will include Special Olympics rhythmic gymnast Danielle Blakeney of Erlanger who is one of four Kentucky athletes who will compete as part of the Special Olympics USA team at the Los Angeles World Games.

The Flame of Hope will continue to Lexington on June 4, will make an appearance at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown and in Richmond at the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Kentucky State Summer Games on June 5 and will head on to Louisville onJune 6. The Relay will leave Kentucky on June 7 before doubling back into the state via Fort Campbell and then finishing its tour of Kentucky when it leaves Paducah on June 8.

For more information about the Unified Relay Across America presented by Bank of America or about local Unified Relay events, contact Trish Mazzoni, Special Olympics Kentucky President and CEO at 502-695-8222 or [email protected].

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