Guardian Games held in Glendale to raise money for Special Olympics

GLENDALE, Ariz. (FOX 10) - The concept of the games is to develop a closer relationship between Special Olympics athletes, law enforcement and Arizona businesses through a fun and unique format.

"Sanderson Ford came to us and wanted to do a golf tournament," said Jamie Heckerman of Special Olympics Arizona. "We had this idea to do eight holes of games out here with our athletes and our law enforcement."

Chief Miller from the Peoria Police Department, alongside Special Olympics Arizona athletes, carried the Flame of Hope.

"Evan walked up there, he's an old pro at this, this is my first time lighting the torch here, he kind of guided me through," Chief Arthur Miller said.

The event was held at Westgate Entertainment District. Unified teams of four competed in eight events located throughout the center, like hockey and basketball.

Each team consisted of one Special Olympics athlete, two sponsor participants and one law enforcement officer.

"For us, it's an amazing opportunity," said Sgt. Olivia Contreres of Avondale police. "There's nothing more exciting than the interaction with us and the athletes."

One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the Guardian Games will go to Special Olympics Arizona. This year, the hope is to raise just over $100,000.