TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Special Olympics Indiana Flame of Hope an iconic, global symbol of unity and courage arrived in Terre Haute Friday to signify the start of the annual Summer Games.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers came together across the state to support Special Olympics Indiana.

Indiana State University Police Department hosted the final leg of the race in Terre Haute.

The 2023 Law Enforcement Torch Run’s Final Leg in Terre Haute was a 3-mile run that started at Indiana State University and traveled past the ISU fountain as well as the Larry Bird statue.

Known as “the Guardians of the Flame,” officers from across the state raise funds for the chance to participate at Final Leg Torch Run events and help carry the Flame of Hope alongside Special Olympics Indiana athletes. That shared experience will culminate at the 2023 Summer Games Opening Ceremony on June 9 at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute when the cauldron is lit. A tradition that celebrates the transformative power of acceptance, diversity and inclusion.

The Summer Games will take place June 9-11 on the campuses of Indiana State University and Rose Hulman Institute of Technology. For more information on how to get involved with volunteer opportunities or to come support more than 2,000 athletes visit the Special Olympics Indiana online.