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Originally published: 2013-03-14 11:40:06
Last modified: 2013-03-14 11:40:26

Special Olympics fundraiser set for March 21

by Staff Reports

The Boone Police Department is teaming up with ASU football and Chick-fil-A of Boone to raise money for the North Carolina Special Olympics.

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 21, Coach Scott Satterfield and a few Appalachian State University players will be on hand at Chick-fil-A in Boone, along with Boone police officers and Watauga County Special Olympics athletes who will compete at the state games in May.

Since 1987 law enforcement officers across the state have worked to raise money for Special Olympics and last year raised more than $1 million through T-shirt sales, corporate donations and various fundraisers.

The money raised provides opportunity for those with intellectual disabilities to receive year-round training activities and funds the costs of the annual games. Exactly 160 nations around the world participate in the Special Olympics program.

"We are hopeful that the community will come out to support these very special athletes," said Capt. Andy Le Beau of the Boone Police Department. "Having attended these games in the past, I can tell you that there are few things that I have been a part of that have been so meaningful."

Anyone who cannot attend the event but would like to contribute may purchase a T-shirt or make personal or corporate tax-deductible donations at the Boone Police Department during regular business hours.

"It is a privilege for us as coaches and student-athletes to have the opportunity to give back to the community that supports us year-round, and the Special Olympics is one of our favorite organizations to be involved with," Satterfield said. "We're proud to partner with the Boone Police Department to raise awareness and support for these very special athletes and are looking forward to spending some time with the High Country community on March 21."

Chick-fil-A will be giving an Original Chick-fil-A sandwich to each person who purchases a Special Olympics T-shirt. Two shirt options are available: the cotton shirt is available for a $13 donation, and a technical material version is available for a $20 donation.