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First KSP “Cover the Cruiser” An Overwhelming Success

16 KSP Posts Combine to Raise More Than $16,200

Cover the Cruiser

Troopers covered this cruiser at the Walmart in Barbourville. In all, Cover the Cruiser events were held at 16 locations and raised more than $16,200.

The first Kentucky State Police Cover the Cruiser event was a huge success, raising more than $16,200 to support Special Olympics Kentucky athletes.

KSP posts across the state parked their cruises at designated locations like gas stations, grocery stores and Walmarts 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 Kentuckians were generous and donated more than the minimum.

KSP initiated the Cover the Cruiser fundraising event 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 national law enforcement agencies throughout the United States, to raise awareness and funding for Special Olympics programs.

KSP Spokesman Sergeant Josh Lawson gave credit to the troopers who hosted the local ‘Cover the Cruiser’ events. “Even in the midst of a global pandemic our troopers stepped up and took ownership of this new program, adding it to their long list of community outreach activities,” said Lawson. “Whether it was during torrential downpours or sweltering heat they did what was needed, as they always do, to demonstrate their service to the citizens of Kentucky.”

“We are deeply grateful to the Kentucky State Police, all of the Troopers who took part, our host locations and to everyone who donated,” said Special Olympics Kentucky President and CEO Trish Mazzoni. “Cover the Cruiser was an overwhelming success, and that it came at a time of great challenges to our program and to everyone who supports our athletes makes it mean that much more to all of us. Thank you to KSP and to all of the law enforcement community that continues to be so deeply committed to the support of Special Olympics Kentucky athletes.”

The fundraiser developed into a friendly competition among Kentucky State Police posts. For this inaugural event, KSP Post 11 in London took top honors with a whopping total of $2,700 dollars collected while at the London Walmart on July 28.

Trooper Scottie Pennington organized the post fundraiser and battled heavy rain most of the day of his event. ”To say that I am humbled by the support and generosity of our Laurel County Citizens is an understatement. Special Olympics Kentucky holds a special place in my heart and it was an honor to assist them in this way.”

Our thanks to KSP and to everyone who helped support Cover the Cruiser this year. If you couldn’t make it out to one of the locations, but still want to support the effort, you can make an on-line donation here.

Permanent link to this article: http://soky.org/coverthecruiser/