“This was a great effort by our officers for a great cause,” Maj. John Clifton, who spearheaded the department’s contribution, said in a press release. “It shows they have a heart for the community and for those with intellectual disabilities. The same goes for our corporate sponsors, who stepped up and helped us help the [Special Olympics of Georgia’s] intellectually challenged athletes, which is what it’s really about.”
The tournament, held at St. Ives Country Club in Johns Creek, is part of the police department’s annual participation in the Special Olympics’ Law Enforcement Torch Run, which raises money to serve more than 23,000 Georgians with intellectual disabilities. The golf tournament had 25 four-man teams participate.
Earlier this year, Johns Creek police officers raised $29,899 at the Special Olympics’ Polar Plunge. With these two events together, the police department raised a total of $50,828 for Special Olympics of Georgia in 2013.