Figuratively speaking, Niagara University carries the torch for individuals with developmental disabilities through its many outreach services and academic programs. The institution’s president, the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., will do so in the literal sense when he gets a local leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics underway this Monday afternoon.
Father Maher will depart Goat Island at noon with the symbolic “Flame of Hope,” trekking six miles in tandem with local law enforcement personnel and Special Olympians en route to Niagara University’s Kiernan Center. The runners are expected to arrive with the torch on campus shortly after 1 p.m.
According to a Special Olympics spokesperson, Father Maher will become the first university president in the Western Region to participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run.