Flame of Hope(TM) for 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games Arrived in Washington D.C.
President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush Welcomed Special Olympic Athletes
in Rose Garden Ceremony at White House
SATELLITE NEWS FEED THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2007 4:00 PM - 4:15 PM (1:00 PM PDT)
FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2007 4:00 AM - 4:15 AM (1:00 AM PDT)
WASHINGTON, July 25 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- The Flame of Hope(TM) for the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games arrived in Washington D.C. where it was officially greeted by President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush in a White House ceremony. The ceremony welcomed Special Olympics athletes, law enforcement personnel, Chinese government officials and DHL, Official Global Partner of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the 2007 Games. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20040302/LNTU017LOGO ) The flame was then carried through the streets of the nation's capital by a team of 200 Special Olympics athletes and police officers from around the nation, to begin the U.S. segment of the global Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. The event takes place on the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act which was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. The Flame of Hope's arrival in Washington D.C. marks the fourth stop of its 22,000-mile, five continent journey across the world. The global Law Enforcement Torch Run honors the spirit of the Special Olympics movement and the courage of its athletes and is a signature event leading up to the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games which take place from 2-11 October in Shanghai, China. More than 400 Special Olympics athletes from across all 50 US states will be traveling to Shanghai to compete in these World Games. Following the Rose Garden ceremony at the White House, the Torch Run itself took place over a seven-mile route through the city, passing cheering crowds gathered along the National Mall, the U.S. Capitol, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, concluding at the Embassy for the People's Republic of China. WHAT WE HAVE: B-ROLL PACKAGE ON THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD SUMMER GAMES ARRIVING IN WASHINGTON D.C. (SEE ABOVE) AS WELL AS JUNE 29 TORCH LIGHTING CEREMONY IN ATHENS, GREECE AND ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE FROM LONDON AND CAIRO. B-ROLL: Includes footage of the Welcoming Ceremony SOUNDBITES: President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush; Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver; Special Olympics Founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver; Special Olympics athletes from the U.S. and China; Torch Run Founder and former Wichita Police Chief Richard LaMunyon and Police Officers from around the U.S. who are participating in the Torch Run. TO RECEIVE BY SATELLITE C-BAND THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2007 4:00 PM - 4:15 PM EDT (1:00 PM - 1:15 PM PDT) G-26 T- 5, D/L Freq: 3800 V 93 degrees WL FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2007 4:00 AM- 4:15 AM EDT (1:00 AM - 1:15 AM PDT) G-26 T- 5, D/L Freq: 3800 V 93 degrees WL FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REQUEST A HARDCOPY, PLEASE CONTACT: MICHELLE SHORE AT (800) 325-8677 EXT 259
SOURCE Special Olympics