Turner Serves as Co-Captain for First-Ever Unified Relay Across America
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 5, 2015) – Multi-platinum-selling country music star Josh Turner is Co-Captain of the first-ever Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America. Turner, alongside Special Olympics athlete Sharmane Pearson (power lifting), will run the Flame of Hope into Music City this Sunday, June 7. The flame’s stopover in Nashville includes a celebration at the Vanderbilt University Kennedy Center beginning at 6 p.m. Festivities include live entertainment and are free and open to the public.
“I’ve always admired what the Special Olympics stands for and am honored to participate in the torch relay,” shares Turner. “These athletes are a true inspiration.”
Turner joins Aloe Blacc, Apolo Ohno, Brooklyn Decker, Damian Lillard, Maria Menounos, Michelle Kwan, Robin Roberts and Special Olympics athletes from around the country in the flame’s journey. Originating in Athens, Greece, the Unified Relay consists of over 20,000 participants in a hand-to-hand passing of the Flame of Hope across all 50 states. The relay will culminate at the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles on July 25, 2015.
Taking the Flame of Hope out of Nashville Monday morning are fellow country artists Eric Paslay, Jon Pardi and Special Olympics Ambassador Lauren Alaina.
For more information on Special Olympics, visit www.SpecialOlympics.org.