Students hit the road for Special Olympics

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CAMBRIDGE — Sometimes the youngest are the leaders.

On Monday, athletes from Dorchester County public schools participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The group was invited by the Cambridge Police Department, whose officers also ran and accompanied the young people.

“The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, in partnership with our communities, is to support Special Olympics Northern California through fundraising and public awareness, while enhancing the quality of life of our athletes,” a statement on the group’s website said.
Special Olympics serves individuals with developmental disabilities by providing a venue for athletic competition in a variety of sports.

In a statement on social media, the local group Community and Schools Together said, “If you were driving down U.S. Route 50, you might have seen one of these fleet-footed runners accompanying the Special Olympics’ Flame of Hope on the route from Vienna to Cambridge. Choptank Elementary, Mace’s Lane Middle, Maple Elementary, and Sandy Hill Elementary each sent 10 runners, chosen on athletic ability, personal qualities and an interest in running. Thanks, Cambridge Police Department, for a great opportunity for these children – another fine example of community and schools working together.”

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Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at

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