February 13, 2014
Yesterday afternoon, the Indiana State Police received two awards from Special Olympics for their continued support and fund raising activities.
Stephanie Stewart, Manager of Community Partnerships (LETR) of Special Olympics, presented the Law Enforcement Torch Run Bronze Medal Agency Award and the Tip-A-Cop Award at the Indianapolis District post meeting.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run Bronze Medal Agency Award is presented for fundraising efforts in 2013. A Bronze Medal Agency raises between $5,000 and $9,999 for Special Olympics Indiana in a calendar year.
The Tip-A-Cop Award is a traveling trophy that goes to the agency that plans and leads the top fundraising Tip-A-Cop event for Special Olympics Indiana last year. The Noblesville Red Robin Restaurant, led by Indiana State Police Sergeant Jeff Radar, was the top Tip-A-Cop fundraising location in 2013 bringing in over $2,500.
Tip-A-Cop is an official Law Enforcement Torch Run Campaign fundraising event. Law enforcement officers and department personnel volunteer their time as “Celebrity Waiters” to collect tips at Red Robin Restaurants to support Special Olympics.
o Tip-A-Cop Total for the entire state: $18,665.50
o Tip-A-Cop Total for all ISP covered locations: $12,749.85
o Tip-A-Cop Total for ISP Indianapolis covered locations: $8,412.23
o Tip-A-Cop Total for Noblesville location: $2,567.07
Special Olympics Indiana provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in more than 20 sports for over 11,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics are run almost entirely by volunteers. Athletes train twelve months a year in their local (County) program, and compete in a variety of local, area, and state competitions. Virtually every year, athletes from Indiana travel to compete in National or World Games.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® is Special Olympics’ largest grassroots fundraising and public awareness vehicle. Last year, this international program raised more than $35 million for Special Olympics. Over 85,000 law enforcement officers were Guardians of the Flame as they carried the torch around 35 nations, 12 Canadian providences and all 50 US states.
Further information on Indiana Special Olympics can be found at www.soindiana.org