Customers Cover Police Cruisers to Support Special Olympics

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Albemarle County and Charlottesville police are supporting the Special Olympics by slapping stickers on their cruisers.

Law enforcement is currently the career of choice for 10-year-old Joe Lilly.  He said, "I just like police.  That's what I want to be when I grow up."

Tuesday, police officers showed Joe some of the perks of the job, but they were also camped at CiCi's Pizza in the Seminole Square Shopping Center to ask for the community's help.

Sgt. Steve Knick with the Charlottesville Police Department said, "People can come by, they can donate a dollar for the dollar donation.  It gets them a little icon.  They can write a little message on it and stick it on our police car anywhere they want."

Officers are hoping to "Cover the Cruiser" with those stickers to support Special Olympics Virginia.  CiCi's Pizza will also donate 10 percent of Tuesday's sales.    

"CiCi's just loves getting involved with every bit of the community and the Special Olympics - who doesn't like to do that?  So we really are a great supporter of the Special Olympics," said Kim Ryan, with marketing for CiCi's Pizza in Charlottesville.

The CiCi's in Charlottesville is one of 24 stores across the commonwealth fundraising throughout the month of August.  Customers can purchase Special Olympics paper logos for $1 and personalize them to be displayed in the restaurants.

It's money officers say will make a difference.

"I've been to the events," Knick said.  "I see how much it means to the athletes.  Anything that we can do to help provide more funding so that more people can be involved and the athletes can continue to participate in events all across the state.  It's just worth it in so many ways."

The "Cover the Cruiser" fundraiser for Special Olympics runs until 8:00 Tuesday night.

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