Thank you Margaret [Larsen, President/CEO, Special Olympics Texas] for that introduction and for everything you do for this noble cause.
For over a quarter-century, this torch run has raised funds and awareness for the Special Olympics of Texas.
Every year since 1995, members of our law enforcement community have come together for this inspiring event, from big cities and small towns, from sheriff's offices, police departments and correctional facilities all across our great state.
Every year, these individuals selflessly volunteer some of their free time to place one foot in front of another in support of Special Olympics, doing good of a different kind than they're used to doing when on duty.
Their efforts have helped make the Texas Torch Run one of the largest and most successful events of its kind anywhere in the world, bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars, and spreading the word about the amazing accomplishments of our Special Olympians.
That's a cause worth celebrating.
The Special Olympics enrich the lives of more than 36,000 Texans, providing the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of competition in a venue where every participant is a champion.
I'm a big believer in competition on all levels, because it not only pushes us to be our best, it reveals essential things about our character.
Competition strengthens our confidence in ourselves and our abilities and encourages us to take our game to the next level.
There are some tough competitors in the Special Olympics, including those of you with us here today, who put a lot of time and effort into their preparation.
Win or lose, you inspire us all, particularly at a time when young people have so many reasons to stay planted in front of the TV instead of getting outside and mixing it up a little.
Competition is good for your body, your mind and your soul.
I congratulate all of our Special Olympians, as well as the law enforcement officers participating in this year's run.
You all represent the very best of Texas.
Thank you, may God bless you, and, through you, may He continue to bless the great state of Texas.
Now, let's go light some torches.