Park Ridge Police Continue to Support Special Olympics in 2012
Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to more than 3.7 million athletes in over 170 countries in all regions of the world, providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs.
Special Olympics now take place every day, changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities all over the world, from community playgrounds and ball fields in every small neighborhood’s backyard to World Games. Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy and friendship.
“Special Olympics makes a tremendous difference in the lives of thousands of athletes and their families,” said Frank Kaminski, Chief of Police. “The Park Ridge Police Department has long been a proud supporter of Special Olympics’ mission” Kaminski added. Whether it is jumping in the icy waters of Lake Michigan during the annual Polar Plunge, conquering the heights of the rooftop at the Cop on Rooftop Event, or running the grueling distance of the Torch Run, the officers of the Park Ridge Police Department are proud and honored to support the athletes of the Special Olympics. In 2011, the department, led by Commander Duane Mellema and Community Strategies Officer Julie Genualdi, helped to raise $8981.04 for this worthwhile cause.
You can help too! Look for the upcoming events around town: