OLEAN, NY – Larry Ordway of Olean is a Special Olympian who regularly participates in bocce ball and bowling. On Oct. 3, he was one of several Special Olympics athletes participating in the Law and Orders fundraiser at Applebee’s.
Officers from the Olean and Cuba police departments and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with the Special Olympians, sharing the tasks of carrying food from the kitchen and serving it to diners, of greeting customers and of handing out fliers about Special Olympics and upcoming events.
A total of $1,055.00 was raised at the event. Ordway said he knows how important Law and Orders fundraisers are for Special Olympics and that he enjoys being a part of them. Monies raised are used for sporting equipment, he added.
“It’s really an awesome event that’s been going on for a long time now, and I’m really glad it has,” Ordway said.
Devine Leacock, a deputy and juvenile officer with the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, walked around Applebee’s and spread the word about the Special Olympics, explaining why the officers are supportive.
“I’m just going around talking to people and advising them why I’m here, just because a lot of people don’t know why the police would be at an event like this,” Leacock said.
He also mentioned that Special Olympic events are especially meaningful to him because they relate to his other job as a school resource officer at Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES.
“I am very passionate about this because as a school resource officer, the population that I work with are kids with special needs,” Leacock added.
Leacock also participates in other Special Olympic events including the torch run.
More information on Special Olympics in the Greater Olean area is available at https://www.specialolympics-ny.org/regions/western/.
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