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
 
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SOURCE Special Olympics

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