Lexington, Ky. (April 19, 2017) −The University of Kentucky Police Department, together with local law enforcement agencies, will participate in Tip-A-Cop from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Buffalo Wild Wings at 1080 S. Broadway in Lexington. All donations will go to Special Olympics Kentucky.
Police officers will be working together with Buffalo Wild Wings wait staff to serve patrons throughout the evening. Donations collected will help provide Special Olympians with training and competition in 15 sports throughout the year.
“We are so thankful for the level of commitment from local law enforcement agencies toward Special Olympics and the 8,000 athletes we serve statewide,” said Steve McGill, Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run liaison. “These events ensure the ability for our athletes to participate in the sports they love, which they will remember for a lifetime.”
Tip-A-Cop is one of several Special Olympics events The University of Kentucky Police Department participates in annually. Recently, UK Police officers raised more than $2,300 for Special Olympics at the Lexington Polar Plunge and plan to participate in the Big Brown Truck Pull in August.
“We look forward to participating in Tip-A-Cop every year,” said UKPD Chief Joe Monroe. “It truly embodies what we do as a police department, which is community service.”
In addition, law enforcement officers will compete in a special “Blazin’ Wing Challenge.” Competitors must eat 12 wings smothered in Buffalo Wing’s hottest sauce which is approximately 60 times hotter than a jalapeno pepper within 6 minutes. They must do so without the aid of drinks, dipping sauces or a single napkin. The participant who completes the challenge within the shortest amount of time wins and their photo will be featured in the restaurant. Monroe won the challenge in 2014 with a personal record time of 2 minutes and 36 seconds, to compete again this year.
About Special Olympics Kentucky
Special Olympics is the world’s largest program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Participation in competitive events is open to all individuals 8 years of age or older. Training and competition in local, area, state, and national programs is offered year-round in Kentucky in 15 sports. In addition to its traditional sports competitions, Special Olympics also offers early childhood programming through the Young Athletes Program and medical screenings though the Healthy Athletes Initiative. Special Olympics Kentucky has been changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities in Kentucky for 47 years.
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