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2023 WORLD GAMES IN BERLIN
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Brian Perry has been nominated to represent Special Olympics Delaware and Special Olympics USA at the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023 for swimming! We are exceptionally proud of Brian and look forward to hopefully cheering him on as he competes.
Congratulations and Good Luck Brian!
Law Enforcement for Special Olympics
2023 World Games Berlin
Sergeant Andrew Manning has been involved in the Delaware Torch Run for the past 22 years. He works with the Delaware Natural Resources Police and has been an officer for 20 years.
Andy is a leg coordinator for the Special Olympics Delaware Torch Run and was selected as the 2017 Delaware Torch Runner of the Year.
One of Andy’s most unforgettable moments was at his first bowling competition with Special Olympics Delaware where he was handing out medals to the athletes in recognition of their accomplishment. This singular event changed him and is responsible for reminding him how important the Special Olympics movement is, but more significantly, how inspiring the athletes are.
Final Leg Runner
Major Pete Sawyer has been involved with the Torch Run for the past 28 years, beginning in his rookie year as a police officer. Pete has participated in the Torch Run every year since, as well as being involved in numerous other fundraising events including Over the Edge, Tip a Cop, Polar Bear Plunge and many others, and has had the honor of presenting medals to athletes during competitions. Pete served as the state’s law enforcement volunteer coordinator and as the assistant State Torch Run director. Pete had the honor of being a part of the 2017 Final Leg in Austria. Pete has been married to his wife, Kathleen for 26 years and they have twin daughters who both recently graduated from the University of Delaware. Pete currently hold the rank of Major and is assigned as the state police’s Special Operations Officer.
Daniel (Danny) Hall has been a member of the Delaware State Police for the past thirty-three years. His current assignment is the Director of Training for the Delaware State Police and the Council on Police Training Administrator. He has participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run in each of his years of service. He has been a member of Delaware’s Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Council for decades. His current assignment on the state council is director of fundraising. He was honored to be Delaware’s Law Enforcement Torch Runner of the year in 1995. He was voted as Special Olympics Delaware’s volunteer of the year in 2013. Danny has served as a coach to Special Olympic athletes for swimming, weightlifting, basketball, cycling, track and field, and long distance running. He has also served as a volunteer for numerous Special Olympic Delaware activities/functions. Danny regularly participates in the Polar Bear Plunge and 5k run, Ride to the Tide, Over the Edge, State Basketball Tournament, Summer Games, Truck Convoy, Reindeer Run, Red Robin Tip a Cop, Bowling Tournament and the Fall Festival. He was blessed to be a final leg team runner in Korea in 2013, Team Captain for the USA Summer Games in 2014, Team Captain in Austria in 2017, and a member of the logistics team for the 2022 USA Summer Games. He has served as the Region II Director for the Law Enforcement Torch Run International Executive Council since 2020. He is currently the Co-Chair for the Communications and Training Committee. His greatest accomplishment in his law enforcement career is the relationship it has allowed him to build with the members of Special Olympics Delaware and the world’s greatest athletes.
2022 USA GAMES
The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games marked the largest humanitarian event in Florida’s history. The event united more than 5,500 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the Caribbean. Over 10,000 volunteers filled more than 20,000 volunteer shifts during the week. It anticipated over 125,000 families, friends and spectators witnessed the inspiring athletic accomplishments in 19 Olympic-style team and individual sports and more than 30 events at world-class venues across Orlando, centered at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World Resort.
Athletes were selected for Team Delaware based on their performances at the most recent state-level competitions. Athletes winning gold medals in the sport for which they applied were then randomly selected with the exception of basketball, which held an open tryout. Coaches were selected through an application process.
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