Sarah Williams, 19, of Pleasanton will be one of 8,000 Olympic torchbearers running the United Kingdom between now and the July 27 opening of the Summer Olympics in London.

Williams will carry the torch as an honor for organizing a charitable project that has made thousands of blankets for foster children.

She was one of 22 American torch bearers named Tuesday by Coca Cola, people chosen for having made a difference in the world.

Williams, who attended Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, organized the Creative Kindness project to make fleece blankets for foster children -- a project that has now spread to six states.

Besides raising about $80,000 with the help of many service groups, Williams created Legacy Blanket Kits to make the project sustainable by having blanket makers pass their tools to others.

Williams will carry the torch July 9 as it passes through the town of Buckingham.

Ten of the 22 torch bearers chosen by Coca Cola also are teens.



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