Special Olympics torch to pass through Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The “Special Olympics Unified Relay” passed through Nashville Sunday evening.

Special Olympics athletes and residents carried “The Flame of Hope” through the city.

Olympic Gold Medalist and Nashvillian Scott Hamilton lead the relay.

“I’ve been on the International Board of Special Olympics for 13, 14 years,” Hamilton told News 2 on Sunday. “It’s a phenomenal organization that’s changing the world,” he added. “It’s a movement for peace. It’s a movement for compassion. It’s a movement for a better understanding for segments of our population that are pretty isolated.”

There was a community celebration at Vanderbilt University’s Kennedy Center at 6 p.m. after the torch relay.

The relay will start up again Monday morning at 7 a.m. as it makes its way to Los Angeles for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

The games will host more than 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 countries.

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