[TPS] – Toronto Police Service is host organization for first-ever Invitational Youth Games, May 14-17, 2019

Toronto Police Service
News Release

Toronto Police Service is the host organization for first-ever Invitational Youth Games, May 14-17, 2019

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – 7:41 AM
Community Partnerships and Engagement Unit

The Toronto Police Service is tremendously honored and proud to have been named the host organization for the Invitational Youth Games 2019. In addition to hosting the games, Chief Mark Saunders has been named as “Honorary Chair” for the games.

The games will be the first of its kind in the world and be part of the yearlong 50th anniversary worldwide celebration of Special Olympics (July 2018 – June 2019).

A total of 2,500 participants from around the world will take part in the games, from May 14-17, 2019. They will be student-athletes, aged 13 – 21, with and without intellectual disabilities, accompanied by their coaches.

Chief Saunders said, “For decades, law enforcement in Toronto, and around the world, has been an active advocate, fundraiser, and supporter of Special Olympics. It is with the utmost pride that the Toronto Police Service will host these games and bring their powerful unifying message to life.”

The TPS is extremely proud of our history and commitment to Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run. It was the leadership and direction of retired Toronto Police Service Constable Lorne White that helped develop Ontario’s Law Enforcement Torch Run into one of the most successful programs in the world, both in fundraising and partnership, between law enforcement and Special Olympics.

The Toronto Police Service looks forward to continuing our legacy and commitment to Special Olympics with our involvement in the Invitational Youth Games, as we welcome incredible athletes from around the world to Toronto.

For further information, please contact Sergeant Michael Puterbaugh at youth.games@torontopolice.on.ca or at 416-808-2019.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Sergeant Michael Puterbaugh

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