Perrysburg Junior High student Thomas Laube carries the torch for the Special Olympics run in Perrysburg.
Thomas Laube, 13, snatched the Ohio Special Olympics torch from the Meijer store in Rossfordin a run along State Rt. 20 and then Lime City Road until he arrived at the Perrysburg Township police department.
The Perrysburg Junior High School student, who plays baseball and basketball, is a volunteer and supporter of the Special Olympics. He led the Wednesday‘s leg of the law enforcement torch run which went through Rossford, Perrysburg, and on to Bowling Green.
The torch run has local law enforcement work to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics Ohio.
Last year, the event raised raised $640,000, said Dan Van Vorhis, who coordinated the northwest Ohio route.
“It is important to me because it is a good thing to do, raising money for them,” Thomas said. “It is for all those disabled out there that like the Special Olympics.”
There were members of Perrysburg Township Police involved in the torch run, as well as Special Olympics participants and other supporters. Money is raised through local sponsors and supporters of the law enforcement agencies.
The torch run ends Friday evening at the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Special Olympics State Summer Games at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
“It is a good opportunity for law enforcement to come together mutually to help out and reach the goal,” said David Molter, a township officer who helped lead the way for the torch run Wednesday. “When we got (to Hollywood Casino) this morning, to see the kids faces was the best part.”
He said many people at the department enjoy sports so to meet some of the Special Olympic athletes and help give back was important.
Contact Matt Thompson at: firstname.lastname@example.org, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.