Across the state, Kentucky State Police posts will participate in Cover the Cruiser to raise money for Special Olympics Kentucky.

For Post 4 in Elizabethtown, Cover the Cruiser will be staged from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the new Five Star at 501 Ring Road in Elizabethtown.

“Here at Post 4 we have been involved with the Elizabethtown Police Department, Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and Radcliff Police Department in the annual Special Olympics Kentucky Law Enforcement torch run for several years,” said Trooper Scotty Sharp, public affairs officer. “With the current pandemic that event was canceled.”

Typically, the Torch Run escorts the Special Olympics Flame of Hope as a way to kick off Kentucky’s summer games in Richmond.

To continue to support Special Olympics, he said Post 4 is doing Cover the Cruiser.

For a minimum donation of $1, participants can help cover a cruiser with custom stickers recognizing Special Olympics of Kentucky. Money will go directly to the Special Olympics. Stickers can be purchased at the cruiser location and placed on the cruiser.

“We’re very proud of our long association with the Kentucky State Police and thankful for all of the work they have done over the years on behalf of Special Olympics,” Special Olympics Kentucky President and CEO Trish Mazzoni, said in a press release. “We’re excited about Cover the Cruiser continuing this partnership in a way that will both engage the community and help continue to change the lives of our athletes.”

In a news release, Gov. Andy Beshear said it is critical to support nonprofits during the pandemic by using “creative and safe ways.”

“Special Olympics Kentucky is a very important organization and I am proud that our state troopers are helping raise funds and awareness,” Beshear said.

Sharp said he’s grateful for Five Star allowing them to set up at the store. He said Five Star, which is based in Bardstown, supports KSP’s other community events such as Trooper Island Camp and Shop With A Trooper.

“I hope everyone will come on out and show support for the Special Olympics Kentucky,” Sharp said.

For information or to donate go to soky.org/coverthecruiser.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1740 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

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