TAMPA, FL (WFLA)-Before the 2015 Special Olympics World games can get underway in Los Angeles, a Tampa Bay area man will be responsible to carry the Special Olympic torch through Northern California with Law Enforcement officers from all over the world. “I’m excited about it and ready to show my hometown what I’m made of,” said William Corsi who has won several gold medals in past at Special Olympic meets.
Corsi who lives in Thonotosassa, will be one of ten Special Olympic athletes chosen from all over the world to run a leg of the Law Enforcement Torch run. His group, starting in Sacramento will run an estimated 500 miles through Northern California. “I will be running every day and seeing people from around the world that I never met before and I hope to make everybody proud… I will be tired by the end of the trip but it will be worth it,” Corsi said.
WFLA caught up with Corsi at the Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center where he said he would be in California seventeen days and get to rub elbows with guest celebrities like Avril Lavigne, Nicole Scherzinger and Michael Phelps. But there are two people he is looking forward to talking to the most. “Stevie Wonder, he inspired me. I want to sing like him. He’s amazing. Even though he’s blind he’s amazing. I get to see Michelle Obama and I hope to see her husband I have some things to say to them about making the state better and don’t let Donald Trump take over,” Corsi said.
Corsi’s leaves for Los Angeles Saturday morning and starts his portion of the torch run the following Monday.
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