Kearney, Neb., - (KSNB) What began as a flicker is now a roaring flame of stability for Special Olympic Athletes around the world.
All across Nebraska Special Olympic Law Enforcement Torch Runs are taking place.
Special Olympians passing torches and igniting flames of dedication and the spirit of competition.
"It's all my dreams, my dreams did come true because I love Special Olympics," said Jill Schmidt, Special Olympian.
"Track, volleyball and powerlifting, I get first place, first place," said Tatum Meads, Special Olympian.
"It's just a great time we have fun running with the athletes, getting to meet the athletes and showing our support for everything they do," said Rob Taillon, Kearney Law Enforcement Officer.
This torch run is a pre-cursor event for the summer games set to take place in Omaha, games these Olympians have been looking forward to all year.
"I am getting excited because we are headed to Omaha and I am doing, track, powerlifting and volleyball, I am here doing this and I am excited," said Angel Atkinson, Special Olympian.
Angie Hauserman, Special Olympian adds, "I am doing track and I am going to do my best for next week."
Complete with police escort, the cold weather, wind and rain didn't stop Kearney officers from stepping out and stepping up to support their special athletes
"They're amazing, Special Olympics is one of the greatest events that have been created and it brings joy to the world and to everybody who participates in it," continued Taillon.
"Craig Schutt, Special Olympian was excited about the day, "I had so much fun walking and running with the cops."
People waited at the end for selfies, snapshots and photo ops.
The summer games start this Wednesday in Omaha and go through Sunday. Tickets are free to the public.