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South Mississippi to host the Flame of Hope today

South Mississippi to host the Flame of Hope today

Source: Special Olympics Mississippi Source: Special Olympics Mississippi
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Mississippians are helping carry the Flame of Hope across the state as it heads toward Los Angeles for the 2015 World Games, in the first-ever Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America.

Over a 46 day span, thousands of people will run, walk or bike as the torch passes through all 50 states. The relay will culminate at the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles on July 25, 2015.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for every citizen to carry the Flame of Hope through their communities where it will light the caldron that burns during the Games," said Special Olympics CEO Janet Froetscher. "As the torch makes its way across our country, it will bring us together in a unique way that will open hearts and minds."

The torch that lights the Olympic flame will pass through South Mississippi on June 15-16. On Monday, WLOX's Michelle Lady will carry the torch through Biloxi. For more on Michelle's run follow her on Twitter @MichelleWLOX. She will pass the torch on, as the journey continues along Highway 90 toward Louisiana.

When the games begin, two athletes will take to the big stage representing Mississippi.

"We are excited to have Taylor Rosenthal of Shannon represent the state to the international community with his father and unified partner athlete, Bill Rosenthal, as a competitor in golf, while Brandon native Kyle Dutiel will participate in equestrian events," said President and CEO of Special Olympics Mississippi Tony Bahou.

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