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Flame of Hope makes stop in Times Square

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - The countdown clock is ticking towards the start of the Special Olympics USA Games this weekend in New Jersey.

Excitement for the big event hit a high on Wednesday when the Law Enforcement Torch Run made its way through Times Square.

The Flame of Hope has been carried by Special Olympics athletes and more than 100 law enforcement volunteers from across the country in a five-day run with the final destination the Prudential Center in Newark on Sunday for the opening ceremony.

"We are escorting the Torch to the Games in New Jersey. We are the guardians of the flame. This is absolutely amazing. This isn’t something we expect. We donate our time and we are honored," said one of the volunteers in Times Square.

"This is a journey we never expected to start but from day one we’eve really embraced it and we’ve been so proud to be part of this family," said the mother of a young athlete.

The Special Olympics USA Games takes place June 14-21, 2014. Nearly 3,500 athletes will compete in 16 Olympic-style team and individual sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and 70,000 family, friends and spectators.

For a schedule and more information, visit 2014SpecialOlympics.org

For coverage of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, visit MyFoxNY.com.

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