Casper Police, Kelly Walsh Students Carry the Torch for Special Olympics
Probation officer KC Hunsicker rounded East on B Street and ran south on David Street to the Hall of Justice downtown, where he paused just long enough to pass the Special Olympics torch to Casper Police Lt. Jeremy Tremel, who continued south to First Street on Wednesday morning.
From there, Tremel and other Casper officers turned east on First Street, hung a left on East Yellowstone Highway, and were joined near Beverly Street by Kelly Walsh High School students who carried the torch on their way to Hat Six Road.
Priscilla Dowse, president and CEO of Special Olympics Wyoming, said the annual torch run is a partnership with law enforcement and Special Olympics Wyoming.
"The law enforcement torch run is the largest grass-roots fundraising and public awareness program that Special Olympics has worldwide," Dowse said.
Law enforcement also contributes to Special Olympics through volunteer work and other fundraising, she said.
The torch run in Casper is among 19 others in the state in advance of the summer games at the University of Wyoming in Laramie from May 9 through 11.
About 700 athletes from across the state, will participate, Dowse said.
Athlete and Special Olympics office assistant Molly Blomstrom is one of them.
Blomstrom participates in basketball, soccer, horseback riding and golfing, Blomstrom said.
Next week she will play on a three-person basketball team from Casper, she said.
Dowse said about 40 basketball teams will compete in three-on-three and five-on-five games.
"Molly, obviously because she's tall, is a great basketball player," Dowse said. "She gets to play with some of her best friends in Laramie, so she's looking forward to something different."