Law enforcement officers from around the world will join athletes in Abu Dhabi for the 2019 World Summer Games of the Special Olympics. Among them will be Chapel Hill Police Special Events Officer Phillip Smith, who was recently selected to represent North Carolina in what will be the largest event in Special Olympics history.
Smith will join 111 law enforcement officers from around the world to participate in the final leg of the law enforcement torch run, carrying the “Flame of Hope” to the opening ceremonies of the World Games.
The final leg event represents the culmination of previous torch run events completed around the globe. Smith's Final Leg team represents athlete Paul Asaro from New York. Smith said he was overwhelmed and humbled to be chosen to represent North Carolina in Abu Dhabi.
“I was truly honored for the selection," Smith said. "It’s something I’m very proud of. It brings good press here to the Chapel Hill community and for all the athletes around North Carolina and for the whole world. So, it’s nice to be part of that."
Smith began his law enforcement career in 1990 and has worked for the Town of Chapel Hill since 1992. He is currently responsible for helping public safety officials prepare for and manage large events in Chapel Hill, such as Halloween and the NCAA Championship celebrations.