The Newtown Police team came in at the top of the fundraising honor roll for this year's Special Olympics Ride for the flame. Officer William Chapman (Right) and teammate Marc Carson of the Cheshire Cycle cycling team (Left) each biked 100 miles, and Newtown Emergency Communications Dispatcher Tom Ramsdell (Not Pictured) biked 25 miles, all to raise funds and awareness for CT Special Olympics.
The team brought in a total of $1,175.00 for the event, which listed at the top among the teams. This was the 3rd year of the ride, which is hosted by Whelen Engineering Inc. in Chester, CT, and draws police officers, corrections officers, and civilians from all over the state. The event is growing in reputation as a very scenic and challenging day of riding for cyclists of all levels.
The Special Olympics is an international organization that reaches out to athletes with disabilities and provides them with coaches, venues, and other support so that they can compete and practice their sports. Law enforcement agencies worldwide have a proud tradition of supporting Special Olympics with their annual torch run, bike ride, penguin plunge, and tip-a-cop events. For more information on how to support CT Special Olympics contact your local police department.