Photo: Schoolchildren and Irving Police raise money to support Special Olympics Texas in 2016.
The Irving Police Department and Irving Public Schools are teaming up once again for a penny drive to support Special Olympics Texas. For several weeks, Irving students collect massive amounts of pennies to donate, and police officers visit participating schools to collect donations. This year’s penny run takes place the week of May 22.
Pennies are not the only money maker; officers also sell T-shirts, team up with Sonic Drive-In for a “Tip-A-Cop” event, and take part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Established in 1981, the Torch Run helps raise money and awareness for Special Olympics.
Last year, between the penny drive, T-shirt sales and other fundraising events, officers donated $37,000 to Special Olympics Texas and this year they are hoping to give even more.
The Special Olympics Texas 2017 Summer Games will be held May 26-28 in Arlington. The opening ceremonies will be held at 7 p.m. at Maverick Stadium, 1307 W. Mitchell St. For more information on the event or how to donate visit, SOTX.org/Competitions/SummerGames/.