Officers of the Sterling Heights Police Department once again volunteered their time this past weekend during the Special Olympics Winter Games in Traverse City, Michigan.
Lt. Scott Lucas and Sgt. Dave Allen attended the event joining athletes during opening and closing ceremony, celebrating Special Olympics 50th anniversary and the kick off to the games. They also participated in handing out medals to athletes whom placed in their events.
The event marks almost 30 years the Sterling Heights Police Department has participated with Special Olympics, raising over $300,000 dollars. Throughout the year officers volunteer their time for Special Olympics like Cops and Lobsters, an event held at Red Lobster Lakeside in which officers wait on tables and solicit donations for Special Olympics.
This year another successful event was created at Sterling Fest in which officers participated in a dunk tank to raise funds. This all culminates in the fall when Sterling Heights PD sends 6 officers to Copper Harbor for the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Officers there meet with two other teams, the Michigan State Police and Corrections officers team, where they begin a 750 mile run back down to Belle Isle. Sterling Heights Officers were able to raise nearly $22,000 for Special Olympics in 2017.
Sterling Heights PD is honored and privileged to participate with fundraising and bringing awareness to the area and state about Special Olympics events and their athletes.