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Posted on: February 14, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Sheriff's Office & Taverna Hold Tip A Cop Fundraiser for Special Olympics 2/18/14

Flagstaff, AZ – Join the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and Taverna Greek Grill, 420 S Woodland Blvd in Flagstaff, to raise funds for Northern Arizona Special Olympics athletes. The Tip-A-Cop event will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. All day, 15% of sales will go toward AZ Special Olympics. From 5 pm - 9 pm Sheriff's Office employees will be assisting the waiters and helping to serve you. Officers will be accepting any tax deductible charitable donations you wish to give to help support local AZ Special Olympics athletes.

Special Olympic events were created for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to explore their abilities in a variety of sports and physical activities. The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is a branch of Special Olympics that was founded by the International Association of Chiefs of Police in the 1980’s. LETR is committed not only to raising funds for Special Olympics Athletes, but also to sharing awareness and promoting opportunities for the athletes. In Arizona, Special Olympics offers 22 sporting events, 170 programs and five statewide competitions for over 13,000 athletes each year.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run earned its name because law enforcement personnel run, walk, and bicycle carrying the Special Olympics Torch to its destination for local, state, and worldwide Special Olympics Games. As such, law enforcement has become the “Guardian of the Flame” for Special Olympics. Later this spring, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office will again be among the law enforcement agencies that guard the Flame of Hope as it journeys through our state and makes its way to the summer state games in Phoenix, AZ.

In preparation for those games and to help raise funds for our local athletes to train and participate in the sporting events, we are kicking off 2014 with Tip-A-Cop at Taverna Greek Grill in Flagstaff. We also will be working with community partners throughout Coconino County for additional Tip-A-Cop events and other fundraising opportunities as we help athletes realize their goals and promote community awareness for Special Olympics. Watch for these and other events on our Facebook page CoconinoSO and our Twitter account CoconinoSheriff:
AZ Special Olympics Winter Games are February 21-22, 2014 in Flagstaff
Polar Plunge fundraiser is March 8, 2014 in Flagstaff
AZ Special Olympics Summer Games are May 1-3, 2014 in Phoenix

To learn more about the Arizona Special Olympics, please visit the website: http://www.specialolympicsarizona.org

You also can learn more about the partnership of Arizona law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes in a series of videos highlighting their stories. Athlete Christopher Lee and Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Detention Sergeant Corey Ringenberg share their stories at: http://youtu.be/B-TCXC25Dxo. A new video is scheduled to be unveiled each month, so watch for more videos and get to know some of the athletes.

If you want to know more about how you or your business can partner with us in future events, please feel free to contact the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office at 928-226-5009.

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Media and Public Contact: Gerry Blair, Coconino County Sheriff's Office 928-226-5089

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