Indiana State Police Alliance Announces Official Partnership with Special Olympics Indiana
A longtime advocate for the organization and its Law Enforcement Torch Run program, the ISPA will provide financial support and be involved in additional Special Olympics events in 2020.
INDIANAPOLIS — Special Olympics Indiana has a new “Blue Ribbon” partner for 2020, as the Indiana State Police Alliance will contribute $4,000 in support of the organization’s year-round programs and events and will promote increased involvement in the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) program among its more than 1,200 members.
Left to right: ISP Master Trooper and Indiana LETR Director Tommy Walker, Jr.; Special Olympics Indiana CEO Jeff Mohler; Special Olympics Indiana Community Partnerships Manager Danielle Smith; ISP Trooper Susan Rinschler, Special Olympics athlete Mary McClamroch, ISPA Executive Director Cory Martin, and ISP Sgt. John Perrine
As the largest public awareness vehicle and grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics, the LETR engages officers and agencies across the state and throughout the world as champions for acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities, starting first with their own communities. The Indiana State Police has been an active participant in the program for many years, with dozens of troopers carrying the torch and working to raise money and awareness through events including the Polar Plunge, the Plane Pull Challenge, the Run Unified Relay, Showdown of the Shields, Strikes for Special Olympics Indiana, and the Indiana Summer Games, among others.
The ISPA, whose members include over 94% of active Indiana State Police personnel, has also been engaged in programs benefiting Special Olympics Indiana and its constituents through an initiative known as Cops for Kids. But despite this long history of support, Executive Director Cory Martin says the Alliance is elated to make the partnership official.
“It’s great to officially partner together and show our support through a financial contribution that solidifies our commitment to the work that gets accomplished every day by Special Olympics Indiana,” Martin said. “We look forward to a long-standing relationship and many more phenomenal experiences between our members and the athletes.”
Master Trooper Tommy Walker, Jr., a longtime Special Olympics Indiana volunteer and board member who currently serves as director of the Indiana LETR, also believes the partnership will help to strengthen existing relationships.
“I am looking forward to furthering the partnership of the Indiana LETR and the ISPA as it encourages its member troopers to partner with Special Olympics athletes in their local community to spread the message of inclusion,” Walker said.
Walker is attached to the Versailles post of the Indiana State Police and is one of two state troopers who serve on the leadership team for the Indiana LETR, which represents hundreds of officers and more than 15 law enforcement agencies across the state. He and fellow trooper Susan Rinschler, based in Indianapolis, will lead efforts this year to engage additional ISPA members in events including the Indianapolis Polar Plunge on March 7, the Run Unified Relay in June, and Strikes for Special Olympics Indiana in November.
“The Indiana State Police Alliance has always been a supporter of troopers and the communities they work in,” Rinschler said. “I am grateful to have the ISPA support Special Olympics Indiana athletes—with their help, we can continue the ‘inclusion revolution’.”
For more information about the Indiana State Police Alliance, visit www.indianasfinest.com.
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ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS INDIANA
Special Olympics Indiana is a nonprofit organization that is part of the global Special Olympics movement, using sport, health, education, and leadership programs everyday around the world to end discrimination against and empower people with intellectual disabilities. We are a sports organization that uses the power of sport as a catalyst for social change, working for more than 50 years to open hearts and minds toward people with intellectual disabilities and to create inclusive communities across the state. With the support of over 10,000 coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics Indiana provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than 18,000 athletes and unified partners at no cost to the participants. Learn more by visiting www.soindiana.org.
ABOUT THE INDIANA STATE POLICE ALLIANCE
The Indiana State Police Alliance (ISPA) was established in 1974 as an association of Indiana State Police troopers with a focus toward promoting better law enforcement to the citizens of Indiana and gaining state-wide support for Indiana troopers. The Alliance has since expanded its responsibilities to include increased member benefits such as legal assistance, legislative lobbying, funeral support and survivor benefits, college scholarships, and numerous community support activities throughout the state. The ISPA works directly with the Indiana State Police department, the governor’s office, and members of the state legislature on issues of state-wide law enforcement and public safety. Additionally, the ISPA is the only association of Indiana state police officers recognized by the National Troopers Coalition (NTC). Ever growing, and always looking for ways to meet the needs of our members and the citizens of our great Hoosier state, the ISPA has incorporated Alliance Security, a company that offers off-duty employment opportunities for troopers across the state. Likewise, a non-profit organization called Cops for Kids was established in order to build priceless relationships with our state’s children through a variety of programs. Learn more by visiting www.indianasfinest.com.