GLENDALE – Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy, with an assist from team mascot Howler, on Sunday morning helped transport the Special Olympics torch as it makes its way to its ultimate destination: Los Angeles for this summer’s World Games.
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With a police escort, and surrounded by several Coyotes employees and mix1 Paw Patrol members, Murphy and Howler walked the torch for one-half mile in the neighborhood of Gila River Arena before handing it off to the next participant as part of the Unified Relay Across America.
"We were all really proud to be a part of it," Murphy said. "We know how much the athletes put into it and how much pride there is in the Games. I think it’s amazing just to have Olympics, in general, for different communities. I think it’s great. Being an athlete, you respect anyone that can put in the work to get to that level. They’re all really impressive… We all look up to people like that."
The torch has been walked, run and biked across the Unites States over the past few weeks on its way to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, which will begin July 25. Seven thousand athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, will come together in Los Angeles for competition in 25 Olympic-style sports.