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Burbank Police Officers Carry Special Olympics Torch Through Burbank

This week, the Special Olympics torch traveled from North Hollywood to Burbank via the Los Angeles Police Department and was handed off to Burbank police officers and support staff at the western border of Clybourn and Riverside Drive. 

The torch was escorted by police officers, cadets and civilian personnel and traveled Riverside Drive to Olive Avebyw and then proceeded past several prominent Burbank buildings including The Burbank Studios, Nickelodeon Studios and Burbank City Hall before stopping at the Burbank Police Headquarters for some pictures. The Special Olympics Torch procession then traveled Glenoaks south and the team handed it off to Glendale police officer sat Alameda Avenue.

This year, students from St. Finbar awaited and cheered on the officer running by and carrying the torch. Students from Robert Bellarmine-Jefferson waved and cheerrf on Glenoaks near Orange Grove Avenue.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

This year marks the thirtieth year the Special Olympics Torch, known as “The Flame of Hope,” has been escorted from community to community by law enforcement officers.

Funds raised by the department’s team came from t-shirt sales and donations.

Special Olympics Torch Comes To City Hall Amid Big Ceremony

City officials along with hundreds of Burbank residents showed up to Burbank City Hall for the law enforcements final leg of the Special Olympics Torch Run. The arrival did not disappoint anyone in attendance along with the all the hoop-la that came with it.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s Special Olympics delegates were seated in white chairs along with other honored guests. City Manager Mark Scott emceed the event and had the crowd smiling and laughing the entire morning.

Burbank Mayor Bob Frutos, who asked his fellow Council members last year for Burbank to serve as a Host Town, was overjoyed with excitement as he welcomed those in attendance and all the athletes.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The athletes were guests of the Burbank Fire Department before the ceremonies for breakfast served by Burbank Firefighters and members of Fire Fighter Local 778. The guests posed for pictures along with trying on helmets after their full buffet breakfast that included pancakes, waffles, eggs, fruit and juices of their choice. Following breakfast the athletes posed for a group picture in front of Burbank Fire Truck 11 with all their new firefighter friends.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The athletes had a busy day exercising at the Burbank YMCA, followed by lunch catered by Poquito Mas and activities hosted by Saint Joseph Medical Center with the help of Warner Brother volunteers. They then got to draw animated pictures with the help of artists from Warner Brothers.

They then went on a tour of Warner Brothers followed by a dinner hosted by Burbank Water & Power and members of IBEW.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

 

Special Olympics Athletes Arrive From Botswana and Zimbabwe

Special Olympics World Games hosts from Burbank welcomed the athletes from Burbank sister cities of Botswana and Zimbabwe at Woodbury University late Tuesday night.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Tired but excited after very long flights, the athletes arrived at Woodbury North Campus well past 11:00 p.m. Their flights arrived at Los Angeles International Airport around 2:00 p.m. and it took hours for them to go through customs and get checked in.

The members of the Zimbabwe team arrived knowing their luggage that was lost hopefully will arrive by morning including some of their athletic equipment.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

They were welcomed by a slew of volunteers that greeted them and help them get checked in.

Most were not asleep before a malfunctioning fire alarm rang and they were asked to evacuate until Los Angeles City Firefighters could check the buildings.

In the morning they will have breakfast at Fire Station 11 hosted by Burbank Firefighters Local 778. They will then proceed to ceremonies at City Hall when the Flame of Hope will arrive at 9:00 a.m. The community can greet and welcome them during those ceremonies.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

 

 

 

 

Special Olympics Torch Passes Through Town Led By Burbank Police Officers

The Burbank Police Department participated in this year’s Special Olympics Torch Run on Wednesday, June 10. The team ran through the Burbank streets displaying City pride while onlookers cheered with enthusiasm.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank team picked up the torch from LAPD North Hollywood Officers in the area of Riverside/Clybourn around 12:30 p.m.

They ran east on Riverside to Alameda Avenue then to Olive Avenue. From there they proceeded east on Olive to the Police Station and paused for pictures.

The officers left from there and ran south on Glenoaks to Alameda, and ultimately handed off the torch to their counterparts from the Glendale Police Department.

The runners consisted of Jailer Dawna Jurecka, Cadet Gregory DeBelius, Cadet Brandon Kelley, Cadet Magdalena Bautista, Helicopter Pilot/Officer Jason Embleton and his twin brother K-9 Handler/Officer John Embleton.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

Burbank Selected as Host Town for Special Olympics in 2015

A special ceremony took place at City Hall the other night welcoming the Special Olympics to Burbank (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A special ceremony took place at City Hall the other night welcoming the Special Olympics to Burbank (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank to Open Doors as “Host Town” for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015

Burbank announced that the community has been officially selected to participate in the Special Olympics World Games “Host Town” program from July 21 – 24, 2015. The city will provide culture, training and accommodations to international athletes in July 2015.

Before the Special Olympics World Games begin on July 25, 2015, more than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will be welcomed to Southern California through the “Host Town” program. One hundred communities from San Luis Obispo to San Diego will have the honor of being selected as an official Host Town.

Pictured are Burbank Mayor Dr. David Gordon, Allen Wales Special Olympics World Games Global Messenger and Patrick McClelahan World Game President and CEO. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Pictured are Burbank Mayor Dr. David Gordon, Allen Wales Special Olympics World Games Global Messenger and Patrick McClelahan World Game President and CEO. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Host Town program is an exciting way for Southern California locals to open our doors and show the athletes and coaches from around the world our hospitality and our culture,” said Patrick McClenahan, president and chief executive officer of LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee. “This is an important part of the World Games experience and a truly meaningful way for different communities to be part of the Games and create lasting memories for our visiting athletes.”

Special Oympics @ Council -2As a Host Town, Burbank will take advantage of its unique reputation as the “Media Capital of the World” and its convenient proximity to Los Angeles to offer the athletes a variety of exciting events. Woodbury University will provide accommodations for the Special Olympics World Games athletes during their stay in Burbank.

The Host Town program has been an important element of Special Olympics World Games since 1995, and the experience has left a lasting impression on the local communities in Ireland, Japan, China, Greece, South Korea and the United States, all of which have previously organized Host Town programs as part of the Special Olympics World Games.

About the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games- with 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games – being staged in Los Angeles July 25 – August 2, 2015 – will be the largest sports-and-humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)