Willimantic, Conn: — On May 28, members of Eastern Connecticut State University’s Police Department will take off their badges and join Middletown’s Police Department to serve customers at the Amici Italian Grill, located at 280 Main Street in Middletown.
The day-long event, affectionately called “Tip a Cop,” begins at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 9 p.m. Police officers will take orders for lunch and dinner, with 100 percent of the proceeds supporting Special Olympics Connecticut.
More than 13,000 athletes participate in Special Olympics Connecticut programs. “Through the joy of sport, the Special Olympics movement transforms lives and communities throughout the state and in 170 countries around the world,” says the Special Olympics website, “by promoting good health and fitness and inspiring inclusion and respect for all people, on and off the playing field.”
Tip a Cop fundraisers are part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run program, which is one of Special Olympics Connecticut’s largest grass-roots fundraising and public awareness vehicles.
On June 3, 4 and 5, as they do every year, more than 1,500 officers and athletes in Connecticut will carry the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” through hundreds of cities and towns across the state, covering 530 miles before finally reaching Southern Connecticut State University, where the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics Connecticut Summer Games will be held June 5-7.
For more information, visit www.soct.org/calender, email email@example.com; call (203) 230-1201 or Jackie Turro, Special Olympics Connecticut (860) 912-5356 or email jackiet@soctorg; www.soct.org Interested persons can also follow Special Olympics Connecticut on Facebook and Twitter.
Eastern Connecticut State University is the state of Connecticut’s public liberal arts university, serving more than 5,300 students annually at its Willimantic campus and satellite locations. In addition to attracting students from 164 of Connecticut’s 169 towns, Eastern also draws students from 24 other states and 50 other countries. A residential campus offering 40 majors and 56 minors, Eastern offers students a strong liberal art foundation grounded in an array of applied learning opportunities. Ranked in the top 30 public universities in the North Region, by U.S. News and World Report in its 2015 Best College ratings, Eastern has also been awarded “Green Campus” status by the U.S. Green Building Council six years in a row. For more information, visit www.easternct.edu.