Congratulations to Lt. Scott Carter of the Hanover Sheriff's Office (pictured to the left, in the middle), the Virginia's Law Enforcement Torch Run® Final Leg Runner for the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. This summer, the Final Leg will travel to every corner of Greece, as well as to Cyprus, Egypt and Turkey promoting ability, acceptance and inclusion. Lt. Carter's three-week journey begins June 9 in Athens with the Flame Lighting Ceremony and covers scores of cities, towns and communities on the way to the World Games Opening Ceremonies, June 25.
Special Olympics Virginia also will send 9 athletes to the birthplace of the Olympics for this year's Games. They’ll join more than 7,500 Special Olympics athletes from 185 nations, 2,500 coaches and 25,000 volunteers for the world’s largest sporting event of 2011. The Games run from June 25 through July 4.
Lt. Carter has been employed with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office for 24 years, and has participated in the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run for the past 23 years. He has served as the Sheriff’s Office liaison for 13 years and as liaison to the Region Director several times. A member of the Virginia Torch Run Executive Council, Lt. Carter was given the Meritorious Award for enhancing the image of the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office within the Law Enforcement community, the County of Hanover and the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2005. In 2010, he was inducted into the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run Hall of Fame.
The 2011 World Games Final Leg promises to be another opportunity to use the Flame of Hope to spread the wonderful message of Special Olympics, to connect with athletes and to the further demonstrate the incredible passion and devotion that law enforcement has for Special Olympics.