Harlem High School brought the Northern Illinois community together on Saturday as local athletes competed in the annual Spring Games hosted by the Special Olympics.
Competitors from all Illinois counties in the WREX viewing region (Winnebago, Boone, Stephenson, Lee, Ogle, among others) took part in track and field events, receiving medals for their efforts.
Local law enforcement, key fundraisers for the Special Olympics, were out in full force during opening ceremonies, assisting in the lighting of the torch in front of a packed Huskies football stadium.
"This is by far the largest group of law enforcement officers we've had here for the Rockford spring games here at Harlem High School," said Pat Hoey, assistant deputy chief of the Rockford Police Department. "It shows a great commitment that the law enforcement has to Special Olympics Illinois. Just part of law enforcement's continued community engagement, especially those that we want to protect and serve and help raise money so these great games can happen at no expense to the athletes or their families."