KSP Veteran to Become First Kentucky Law Enforcement Agent to Participate in Both USA and World Games Final Legs
Sergeant Barrett Brewer of the Kentucky State Police, has been selected to represent Kentucky as part of the 2023 Special Olympics World Summer Games Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg. The Final Leg will carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope throughout Germany starting June 2, 2023, and going through June 16, culminating in its presentation at the Opening Ceremonies in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium on June 17 and the lighting of the World Games Cauldron.
Brewer is an 12-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police who is currently assigned to the KSP Academy Branch. A second-generation Trooper, Brewer knew early on that he wanted the State Police to be part of his future.
This will be Brewer’s second consecutive major Special Olympics Games Final Leg. He was also Kentucky’s representative for the 2022 USA Games Final Leg in Florida.
Brewer began his involvement with the Law Enforcement Torch Run in 2020. That year, the UPS Plane Pull – which usually sees teams of 20 pull a UPS 757 — had to be converted to a Paper Plane Throw due to lingering logistical issues related to COVID, but that wasn’t what Brewer and his team of State Troopers had signed up for. With Brewer as the team captain, his Thin Gray Line team raised more than $4,600 for the event, a huge amount for the program in a still challenging time for Special Olympics.
Team Thin Gray Line team returned to the more traditional UPS Plane Pull in 2021, raising more than $4,700 and again in 2022 when Brewer raised almost $3,400 of his team’s $5,500. He has also participated in the KSP’s Cover the Cruiser campaign which has raised more than $47,000 for Special Olympics in just three years.
Brewer will be one of six Kentuckians who will be playing a part in the Berlin World Games. Golfer Wake Mullins and his Unified partner Dennis Gaines of Lexington, gymnast Lee Dockins and coaches Mary Fehrenbach (gymnastics) and Debbie Ogden have been nominated to the Special Olympics USA coaching staff.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg for the USA Games will include dozens of law enforcement officers from around the world guiding the Special Olympics Flame of Hope to the 2023 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The Final Leg will kick off On June 2 and complete its journey at the Opening Ceremonies in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium on June 17.
The 2023 Special Olympics World Summer Games are expected to bring together more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries to compete in 24 sports in Berlin. The Games will run June 17-25, and will be preceded by athletes living in host towns throughout Germany for several days prior to the Games.
For more information about the 2023 World Summer Games or the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg, contact Special Olympics Kentucky President/CEO Trish Mazzoni at 502-695-8222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.