The Kentucky State Police is once again showing their support for Special Olympics Kentucky (SOKY) by hosting the “Cover the Cruiser” fundraising event at Commonwealth locations, including Owensboro. KSP encourages residents to cover cruisers with personalized SOKY decals for a minimum donation of $1, which will go directly to SOKY.
A cruiser will be parked at Casey’s General Store (1200 Southtown Boulevard) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 27.
KSP raised over $20,000 for SOKY athletes in 2021.
This fundraising event began in 2020 when the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run was canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic. During the Torch Run, members of law enforcement carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope. The flame represents courage and the celebration of diversity.
SOKY President and CEO Trish Mazzoni announced that the annual summer games will be held this summer at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. The Cover the Cruiser event takes place before the official start of the annual summer games.
“The money KSP has raised in the first two years of ‘Cover the Cruiser’ has provided valuable athletic and health services to our athletes, while providing a unique way for people to get to know KSP while supporting the Special Olympics athletes across the state,” Mazzoni said.
For more information on the “Cover the Cruiser” campaign or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit soky.org/coverthecruiser/.
Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports training program and competition for children and adults with developmental disabilities. The organization has served the needs of our athletes and their families since 1970 and hosts 11,300 athletes in Kentucky.