Officers carry Special Olympics torch through WNY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo’s getting ready to host thousands of athletes from across the state as the Special Olympics kick off this weekend.

Local police officers carried the games’ torch through Amherst, Tonawanda and Buffalo on Thursday. The games start Friday, and you can get involved.

Organizers are looking for volunteers to help out at the 5k Foam Fest Saturday in Batavia. Pre-registration is now closed, but organizers say walk-in volunteers are welcome.

The opening ceremony will be held Friday night at 8 p.m. on UB’s North Campus in Amherst. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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