Special Olympian shows joy at the Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center. Photo by Chris Stone

Some 300 athletes from as far as Riverside took part in tennis, baseball and soccer Saturday as the Special Olympics‘ San Diego Regional Fall Games came to Rancho Bernardo.

Special Olympian signals pleasure at the Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center. Photo by Chris Stone

Part of a circuit of competitions for the developmentally disabled, the event at the Rancho Bernardo-Glassman Recreation Center saw visits from county Supervisor Dave Roberts, former Padres pitching great Randy Jones and police who took part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The torch run, modeled after the one ending at the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, takes place present in all 50 U.S. states, Canadian provinces and 46 nations with 97,000 officers around the world, according to organizers.

The Southern California torch run raised $1.7 million in 2015 with participants from 200 agencies.

Founded in 1968 by President John Kennedy’s sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Western/California Regional Chapter was launched by Olympic decathlon gold medalist Rafer Johnson in 1969.

Regional Fall Games continue with events Nov. 12-13 at Fountain Valley Sports Park and Dec. 4 at the Rinks at Huntington Beach Inline & Fountain Bowl.

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