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Toyota Team Members Carry Special Olympics Flame of Hope in San Antonio

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Toyota Special Olympics Flame of Hope

Toyota Motor Sales’ Anna Raju carries the Flame of Hope during Sunday’s Special Olympics celebration for the Unified Relay Across America through San Antonio

The 2015 Special Olympics World Games are drawing ever closer to their kick-off on July 25th in Los Angeles. In the lead-up to the Games, the Special Olympics Flame of Hope is making its way across America, and sponsor Toyota is helping get it to the finish line. First, the Flame of Hope made an appearance at Toyota’s Mississippi plant, and more recently, Toyota Texas’ General Manager of the Assembly Division Brad Nye helped carry the Flame for a half-mile around Morgan’s Wonderland theme park in San Antonio.

Toyota Special Olympics Flame of Hope

Brad Nye holds the Flame of Hope

“Special Olympics has such a positive, strong impact on athletes and those who participate, and everyone at Toyota is proud to play a supporting role in the World Games and Special Olympics USA,” commented Nye. “We’re looking forward to following the progress of all the local athletes and cheering them on!”

Morgan’s Wonderland is a park primarily designed with special-needs individuals in mind, so it was the perfect place for the Flame of Hope to appear. Park founder Gordon Hartman and its namesake Morgan Hartman also helped carry the Flame. This was part of the Unified Rally Across America, which helps build excitement for both participants and viewers in the lead-up to the Games.

Toyota Special Olympics Flame of Hope

Morgan’s Wonderland Founder Gordon Hartman and his daughter and park namesake Morgan

Toyota dealers across the country are also participating in a fundraising program designed to help support Special Olympics USA coaches and athletes.