Special Olympics 'Flame of Hope' Stops In Music City

Posted at 9:30 PM, Jun 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 02:27:13-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Special Olympics torch made a stop in Nashville on its way across the country.

Country singer Josh Turner helped athletes finish the last leg of Sunday's run.

He was an honorary captain for the "Unified Run Across America."

The run has been helping to bring awareness to the Special Olympics and those with intellectual disabilities.

It was a message that supporters said still has a long way to go.

"While our athletes are probably the best educated, socially savvy aware than they've ever been, there's still a lot we need to do for them in the community,” said Alan Bolick of the Special Olympics. “We need to understand that they are a part of our community. Accept them as part of our community, and don't look at them as being so unusual."

The Flame of Hope started in Washington, D.C. last week and has been making its way through West Virginia, Kentucky, and now Music City.

It was set to eventually end in Los Angeles for the World Special Olympic Games in July.