Major Michael Anderson Selected to Carry the Flame of Hope as part of Final Leg Torch Run Team for 2019 Special Olympics World Games

Flame serves as beacon of inspiration to thousands during Law Enforcement Torch Runto Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office  is proud to announce that Major Michael Anderson has been selected to serve as part of the Final Leg team, serving as a Guardian of the Flame® as they run the “Flame of Hope” throughout the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in March, leading up to the start of the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, UAE. 

Major Anderson with an athlete during the Chicago Final Leg Torch Run

Final Leg runners from around the world were selected to proudly represent their local Torch Run and Special Olympics Programs. The Final Leg team will embark on different routes, running the Flame of Hope throughout cities and communities across the United Arab Emirates at various events, honoring the spirit of the Special Olympics global movement and delivering a message of hope to communities where people with intellectual disabilities continue to fight for acceptance and inclusion.  The Final Leg Team will safely deliver the “Flame of Hope” to the 2019 Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi Opening Ceremony on 14th March.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® Final Leg for the 2019 World Games will take place from 3 March – 14 March.  A team of 112 members – which includes 96 law enforcement officer runners, 10 Special Olympics athletes, and logistics personnel – will serve as Guardians of the Flame as they run the Flame of Hope throughout the UAE. The Final Leg and community visits will raise excitement for the World Games throughout the country.

“For more than 38 years, the Law Enforcement Torch Run has been an integral part of the Special Olympics Movement,” said Khalfan Al Mazrouei, Managing Director of the 2019 Special Olympics World Games. “We look forward to cheering on the Final Leg Team as they bring the World Games message of inclusion throughout the country.”

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics (LETR) is Special Olympics’ largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle in the world. Nearly 100,000 law enforcement members in all 50 U.S. States, 12 Canadian provinces/territories, and 44 countries contribute to LETR efforts annually as Guardians of the Flame®, ensuring the delivery of the Special Olympics Flame of Hopeto the Opening Ceremony of local Special Olympics competitions, state/provincial Games, and national/regional Games. For more information on the Final Leg team and the members participating, please visit

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