Second Year Event Sets New Standard
In only its second year, the Kentucky State Police Cover the Cruiser fundraising drive set a new record, raising $20,103.36 to support Special Olympics athletes throughout the state.
Between May 17 and 21, KSP posts across the state once again parked their cruisers at designated locations like gas stations, grocery stores and Walmart stores and encouraged the public to cover their cruisers with custom SOKY icons. A minimum donation of $1 was required to put the icon on the cruiser, but many Kentuckians were generous and donated more than the minimum. This year, additional days were added in some locations (up from one day in each area a year ago).
This year’s check presentation was made at Kentucky State Police Headquarters in Frankfort on June 3, during the leadup to the 2021 State Summer Games. In addition to the presentation, Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jaqueline Coleman was on hand to present a proclamation from Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear declaring June 5 – the day of this year’s Summer Games – Special Olympics Day throughout the state.
KSP initiated the Cover the Cruiser fundraising event in 2020 when the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run was canceled due to COVID-19. Each year, The Torch Run escorts the Special Olympics Flame of hope to kick off the State Summer Games in Richmond, Ky.
State Troopers participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run effort, in conjunction with law enforcement agencies throughout the United States, to raise awareness and funding for Special Olympics programs.
“It’s amazing to see the Kentucky State Police’s enthusiasm for supporting Special Olympics athletes,” said Special Olympics Kentucky President and CEO Trish Mazzoni. “Last year was incredible, but the Troopers were determined to make it even better this year. Everything about this effort is driven directly by KSP Troopers and Posts and we could not be more thankful for their continued support.”