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Two from state picked for world torch run

Two from state picked for world torch run

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Casper Police Department officer Ty Mower and Gillette Special Olympian Izzy Vijiila have been selected to participate in an overseas event celebrating next year's Special Olympics World Games in Kazan.

The two will serve as part of a final leg team, serving as a guardians of the flame as they run with the Flame of Hope throughout Russia in January 2022 ahead of the start of the world games.

“I’m honored to be chosen to accompany Izzy and represent the state of Wyoming during the LETR Final Leg in Kazan, Russia,”  Mower said.

“We’re so pleased that Izzy and Ty will represent Wyoming during the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg for the 2022 Special Olympics World Games.  This pair exemplifies the spirit of Special Olympics and will do a fantastic job of delivering a message of hope to those with intellectual disabilities around the world,” said Jen Haines, president & CEO of Special Olympics Wyoming.

The organization will be working to raise money to support the trip throughout the year. Fundraising page links for both can be found at SOWY.org.

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Sally Ann Shurmur arrived at the Star-Tribune to cover sports two weeks after graduating from the University of Wyoming and now serves as community news editor. She was raised in Laramie and is a passionate fan of Cowboys football, food and family.

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