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Tip-A-Cop for Special Olympics - Thursday, May 12

Post Date:05/12/2016 9:44 AM

This Thursday, May 12th, Prairie Village police officers will be having a Tip-A-Cop at Johnny’s (83 Street and Mission Road) from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The officers will be volunteering their own time to take drink orders, clean tables, and interact with the community. Patrons are encouraged to leave a tip for Special Olympics after their meal. All proceeds gathered during the event go directly to Special Olympics. Johnny’s continues to be a proud sponsor for Special Olympics. If you are in the mood for a burger, don’t feel like cooking, the Department would certainly be appreciative of your attendance.

In 2007, Prairie Village Police Department began participating with other Kansas law enforcement agencies in Special Olympics. Special Olympics was the vision of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. She witnessed the athletes’ joys and strengths, and believed that individuals with intellectual disabilities could indeed participate and excel in a variety of sports. In 1968, her inspiration became what today is called the Special Olympics movement.

The Special Olympics movement started in Kansas in 1970, with the first games taking place in Parsons. Today Special Olympics Kansas (SOKS) offers 123 state, area and regional competitions throughout Kansas to 100 Local Programs with 4,944 athletes of all abilities participating.

The goal for this organization is for all persons with intellectual disabilities to have the chance to become useful and productive citizens who are accepted and respected in their communities.

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