Local Law Enforcement Officers Raise Money for Special Olympics

Police cars were covered in stickers Wednesday as Montgomery County law enforcement officers, from multiple agencies, gathered at the Chick-fil-A in Kentlands to raise awareness and money for Special Olympics Maryland athletes.

In a event titled, “Cover the Cruiser,” county residents made donations that were represented on paper to be attached to police cars.

More than $1,000 was raised for the olympic games and athletes.

“Individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities are often overlooked and they’re often looked at for just what their disability is,” said Montgomery County Police Officer III, Barbara Natoli. “Our goal is to make sure they’re included into the community because we shouldn’t be looking at a person for their disability. We should be looking at them for their abilities.”

According to Natoli, there are over 7,500 athletes in Special Olympics Maryland who participate in games all-year round.

“The main purpose of special olympics is so that there’s no out-of-pocket costs to the families or to the athletes,” Natoli said.

Participating law enforcement agencies this year included: Montgomery County Police Department,  Montgomery County’s Sheriff’s Office, Takoma Park Police, Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Chevy Chase Village Police, Park Police, Rockville City Police and Gaithersburg City Police.

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About Mitti Hicks

Mitti Hicks is a multimedia journalist and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She is passionate about telling stories that impact our community and may be reached at MHicks@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter @mittimegan.


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