Local law enforcement officers, in conjunction with Special Olympics Tennessee will be hosting a “Tip A Cop” event at Chuy’s Restaurant, 2271 Gunbarrel Road on Thursday.
Law Enforcement will be working alongside Chuy’s staff throughout lunch and dinner beginning at 11:30 a.m. This event raises money to provide Special Olympic athletes with free year-round sports training and competition opportunities. The lunch shift will run from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and the dinner shift will go from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
“We are excited to continue our partnership with local law enforcement agencies and help raise awareness along with funds for our athletes,” said Jennifer McAfee, Law Enforcement Torch Run director for Special Olympics Tennessee. “Chuy’s has been incredibly supportive in our efforts and always willing to partner with us on events supporting Special Olympics Tennessee. This event brings new meaning to the motto ‘To Protect and Serve.’”
Members of the Chattanooga Police Department, East Ridge Police Department, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and Tennessee Highway Patrol support Special Olympics throughout the year by participating in the Chattanooga Polar Plunge, thROWdown and Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run, all of which are an ancillary part of the world-wide Law Enforcement Torch Run program.
The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run is to raise awareness as well as funds for the Special Olympics movement. Known as the Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members carry the “Flame of Hope” into Opening Ceremonies of the local, state, national and international competitions.
Special Olympics Tennessee provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.