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Flame of Hope makes its way through Santa Barbara County for Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games

Posted at 11:59 AM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 21:15:48-04

Local law enforcement agencies helped lead the Flame of Hope through Santa Barbara County Tuesday on its way to Southern California for the Special Olympics Summer Games.

The torch is a symbol to raise awareness and money for Special Olympics.

The torch made a brief stop at the Santa Maria City Hall building for a ceremony before heading to Vandenberg Air Force Base en route to its final destination of the day in Buellton.

The flame will make brief pitstops at several local law enforcement agencies, including the Guadalupe, Santa Maria and Lompoc Police Departments as well as the Allan Hancock College Academy in Lompoc.

The cauldron will be lit at Cal State Long Beach on Saturday, June 8, during the Opening Ceremony for the Special Olympics Southern California Southern Games.

More than 1,100 athletes are expected to attend and compete for the gold, silver and bronze medals.

The games are free and open to the public to support the athletes.