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Guardians of the Flame

Special Olympics Athlete Danny Williamson and Mansfield PD Sgt. Larry Crosman will help open the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games as members of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg for Special Olympics.

We are thrilled to announce our Law Enforcement Torch Run program’s representatives to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington next summer. Mansfield Police Department Sgt. Larry Crosman will represent all our Law Enforcement officers, running with the Flame of Hope and raising awareness for Special Olympics and the USA Games.

Larry participated in his first Torch Run twenty five years ago, ten years ago, he re-connected with the Law enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics through the Fraternal Order of Police and has been actively involved ever since. Through Larry’s efforts, awareness and fundraising has grown substantially in Bristol County. Whether overseeing 5k races, Fire truck Pulls, Tip-A-Cops, or Polar Plunges, or spending time coaching his local bowling team, Larry’s connection to Special Olympics is based on his connection to the athletes he wants to see thrive – on the playing field and in life. Larry has helped spread the mission of Special Olympics through his outreach to other police departments, civic organizations, and other key stakeholders. Larry sits on the Massachusetts LETR executive council and helps lead and shape the direction of the movement that raised over $525,000 in 2017, over $105,000 was raised through events that Sergeant Crosman organized. Larry’s wife, Kristine was a member of the Final Leg that ran the Flame of Hope into the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles and the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria. This will be Larry’s first trip to a USA Games.

Equally thrilling, for the first time in our state’s history, we will be sending an athlete runner! One of only six athletes selected from across the country, our very own four sports super star from Cape Ann, Gloucester resident, Danny Williamson will represent Special Olympics athletes from across the nation, running with officers, carrying the Torch to all corners of Washington State.

Danny has competed in soccer, basketball, track & field, and softball for Special Olympics and has competed at the local, state, and National levels. Danny represented Massachusetts as a member of the Track & Field team at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, NJ. A well-known athlete in his community, Danny is a supporter of local high school and youth sports teams, serving as Team Manager at the High School. Danny has played football at Gillette Stadium, basketball at TD Garden, and taken batting practice at Fenway Park. On this trip to Seattle, he will be among the men and Women carrying the Flame of Hope into 70,000 seat Husky Stadium on the Campus of the University of Washington. Through his actions, Danny has shown that Special Olympics athletes have earned the right to compete and be recognized in some of the most recognizable stadiums in the country.

Congratulations to both Larry and Danny! We could not be prouder, and are so excited to watch and support your journey next summer!

About the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg® for Special Olympics

As an important part of the USA Games, the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg® for Special Olympics will heighten awareness and take the message of Special Olympics to every corner of Washington state. Law Enforcement officials and Special Olympics athletes, unified together as a part of the Final Leg Team, will serve as true Guardians of the Flame™ and promote the powerful messages of inclusion, acceptance, and ability every step of our Final Leg journey to promote the 2018 USA Games.

 

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