Goodwill Carries the Flame of Hope Through Southern California

In honor of the Special Olympics World Games being hosted in Los Angeles for the first time in sixteen years, the coveted Flame of Hope made its journey down the Southern California coast with the help of the Unified Relay of America sponsored by Bank of America. On Friday, July 10, Goodwill of Orange County joined Bank of America on two legs of the relay, one in Laguna Beach and one in Corona Del Mar along beautiful Pacific Coast Highway. Five Goodwill of Orange County program participants came out early in the morning with their running shoes on eager to participate in the first-ever Special Olympics Relay Across America.

Our videographer was onsite to capture the amazing day. Check out the video recap below!

“These athletes are pretty excited, they’re smiling, grinning ear to ear. They were here an hour early, practicing passing the torch,” said Bank of America Senior Vice President Shari Battle who participated in the Corona del Mar leg of the relay.

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Goodwill of Orange County team members Danikka Johnson, David Eastin, Josue Gonzalez, Eugene Hahn and Benjamin Kaas ran side-by-side with Bank of America Employees and Little League Challenger Division Team Members.

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Goodwill of Orange County’s President and CEO Frank Talarico, Jr. also took to the streets to run alongside the team. “It’s very rewarding because obviously this is something you pour your heart and soul into each and every day when you go to work at Goodwill. We couldn’t be more appreciative to the folks at Bank of America, they’ve been phenomenal partners, so it’s just a great honor.”

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