Special Olympics tourney is set for Feb. 10

February 5, 2013

The Issaquah Community Center will host the 2013 Special Olympics King County Regional basketball tournament beginning with opening ceremonies at 8 a.m. Feb. 10.

Games tip off at 8:30 a.m., with matches taking place at the Issaquah Community Center, Issaquah High School, Issaquah Middle School and Clark Elementary School.

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Issaquah police protect and serve — Red Robin burgers

October 16, 2012

Issaquah Deputy Police Chief Steve Cozart serves diners during the Tip-a-Cop fundraiser Oct. 14 at Red Robin.By Jacqueline Kerness/Issaquah Police Department

Issaquah police officers donned aprons to protect and serve — meals, that is — for the annual Tip-a-Cop fundraiser.

Officers served burgers, fries and more to diners Oct. 13 at Red Robin. Tips collected by the Issaquah Police Department benefit Special Olympics Washington.

Issaquah and Snoqualmie officers at the local Red Robin raised about $6,000.

During the event, police officers — alongside Special Olympics athletes and restaurant employees — served patrons and collected donations. Special Olympics Washington provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The fundraiser encompassed local police departments throughout Washington. Snoqualmie officers joined Issaquah officers at Red Robin for the event.

The task is more difficult to some officers than routine traffic stops and crime-fighting tasks.

“I am not a good server,” Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers joked. “It is a very hard job, and each time I do it, I have more respect for the people who do it on a regular basis.”

The gig doubles as a community outreach effort for the police.

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Issaquah police officers don aprons for Tip-a-Cop fundraiser

October 10, 2012

NEW — 11 a.m. Oct. 10, 2012

Issaquah police officers plan to protect and serve — meals, that is — as the agency’s Tip-a-Cop fundraiser returns.

For the annual Tip-a-Cop fundraiser, officers intend to don aprons and dish up burgers, fries and more to diners at Red Robin. All tips collected by the Issaquah Police Department benefit Special Olympics Washington.

Tip-a-Cop returns from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Red Robin, 1085 Lake Drive.

During the event, police officers — alongside Special Olympics athletes and restaurant employees — serve patrons and collect donations. Special Olympics Washington provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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Police endure icy plunge for Special Olympics fundraiser

March 6, 2012

Kasey Keller, a Special Olympics Washington board member and former Seattle Sounders FC player, emerges from Lake Union at the Polar Plunge on Feb. 11. By Rod Mar/Special Olympics

The temperature in Lake Union held steady at 41 degrees, but the chill did not stop Issaquah police officers and police department employees from a dip on a gray February day.

The police department descended on a stretch of shoreline along the Seattle lake Feb. 11 for the Polar Plunge, a frigid fundraiser for Special Olympics Washington. Combined, Issaquah officers and department employees raised about $1,000 for the nonprofit organization.

Police Communications Specialist Jacqueline Kerness rounded up more colleagues for the February event for the Polar Plunge after she and coworkers dipped into Puget Sound for the 2011 endurance test.

“It was a moment of shock for a good cause,” she said. “It’s something easy to do to raise funds for a lot of people.”

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Newcastle resident takes gold medal at Special Olympics

June 21, 2011

Newcastle resident Kevin McCarthy, 20, took home a gold medal in the 100-meter dash at the Special Olympics Summer Games at Joint Base Lewis-McChord June 4.

Kevin McCarthy proudly displays his ribbon after receiving it during the Special Olympics Summer Games awards ceremony June 4. McCarthy took first in the 100-meter dash. Alan Berner/The Seattle Times

McCarthy — a 2010 Liberty High School graduate— was one of nine athletes on the Issaquah Eagles team, which took home 18 medals during the two-day event.

Coach Jiff Searing said McCarthy worked in practice on keeping his pace up throughout the entire sprint.

“He did all that stuff, and it was pretty thrilling. He really kept his pace up,” Searing said. “This particular heat was very close.”

McCarthy also participated in the 200-meter dash, 4×100-meter relay and shot put, finishing fourth, sixth and eighth, respectively.

The team doesn’t give awards, such as most valuable player, but if it did, Searing said McCarthy would have certainly been named most inspirational, as his work ethic and attitude are phenomenal.

“He’s a very inspirational athlete, no question,” he said. “Man, he tries hard. He never puts his head down.”

Officers collect more than $7,000 in tips for Special Olympics

March 29, 2011

Issaquah police officers protect and serve — and on March 26, men and women in blue served meals, too.

Chris Wilson (right), an Issaquah police sergeant, serves lunch at Red Robin during the Special Olympics Tip-a-Cop fundraiser March 26. Members of the Gaines family are (from left) Bob, daughter Kara, 18, a Special Olympics basketball athlete, and mother Kathy, all of Newcastle. By Greg Farrar

For the annual Tip-a-Cop fundraiser, officers dished up burgers, fries and more to diners at Red Robin. Tips collected by officers benefited Special Olympics Washington.

Issaquah and Snoqualmie officers served meals for nine hours during the Saturday lunch and dinner rushes — and collected $7,741 in tips for the nonprofit organization.

“It’s just a positive feeling to know that you’re having fun and getting money to help out people that might not be able to participate in these sports events otherwise,” Issaquah Communications Specialist Jacqueline Kerness said.

Motorcycle officers and other motorcyclists kicked off the fundraiser at a motorcycle ride from the Issaquah Microsoft campus to the restaurant.

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Police protect and serve — burgers — for fundraiser Saturday

March 23, 2011

Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers (left) participates in the 2009 Tip-a-Cop fundraiser to benefit the Special Olympics. File

NEW — 4 p.m. March 23, 2011

Issaquah police officers protect and serve — and on Saturday, the men and women in blue serve meals, too.

For the annual Tip-a-Cop fundraiser, officers from the Issaquah and Snoqualmie police departments plan to serve burgers, fries and more to diners at Red Robin. Tips collected by law enforcement officers benefit Special Olympics Washington.

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Error disqualifies Issaquah Special Olympics team from state competition

March 1, 2011

The Issaquah Lions, a youth Special Olympics basketball team, played their hearts out on the court Feb. 13, beating both Tahoma and Enumclaw — wins that secured the Lions a place at the state championships in Wenatchee.

“The kids were so thrilled, some of them cried with tears of joy at their accomplishment,” coach Jeff Powers said.

One player, a 3-foot tall boy with Down syndrome, spent most of the game running up and down the court. During one game, “he threw up a shot and this was the thrill of his life,” Powers said.

The Issaquah Lions gather with their coaches for a photo of their medals after winning the regional games. The team was later disqualified and barred from the Special Olympics state championships because it had 11 athletes instead of 10. By Marc Levy

The next day, the coaches received a message from the Special Olympics Washington office: Basketball teams can have up to 10 players on a team, and the Lions had played with 11 athletes, disqualifying them from the state competition.

Tahoma, the runner-up team that had placed second at the regional games, would be going in its place.

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Tip-A-Cop fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics returns Saturday

April 15, 2010

NEW — 11 a.m. April 15, 2010

Issaquah Police officers will serve burgers, fries and other fare at the annual Tip-A-Cop fundraiser Saturday.

The event, held at Red Robin, 1085 Lake Drive, runs from noon to 8 p.m. Donations benefit Special Olympics Washington.

Officers will serve patrons, and all of the tips earned by the cops-turned-servers will benefit Special Olympics. The nonprofit provides year-round activities, such as basketball and swimming, to children and adults with disabilities.

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Officers do time for tips

April 13, 2010

Order-up! Issaquah’s police officers will serve up burgers, shakes and fries at the annual Tip-A-Cop event from noon to 8 p.m. April 17 at Issaquah’s Red Robin restaurant, 1085 Lake Drive.

Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers (left) receives compliments and an after-meal tip from Karen Price and daughter Sara, during the 2009 Issaquah Red Robin Tip-A-Cop fundraiser for Special Olympics Washington. By Greg Farrar

All of the tip money earned by the officers’ service goes directly to Special Olympics Washington. Special Olympics provides year-round sporting activities, including swimming, basketball, track and field for children and adults with special needs.

Local police agencies will also bring several law enforcement vehicles to the event and volunteers will be on hand to take photos for donations.

If having a police officer for your waiter isn’t enough, check out the crowd of motorcycles arriving at Red Robin at 2 p.m. Police officers are leading a motorcycle tour through Issaquah, coordinated with other riders from Costco, Microsoft, Siemens and Spacelabs Healthcare. The ride starts at noon at the Issaquah Microsoft campus, 21295 S.E. 51st St.

Patrons who can’t make the event can donate money to the cause at the restaurant.

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