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Special Olympics Washington thanks SPD for support

This morning at Seattle Police Headquarters CEO Beth Wojick, Mary Do, Dan Wartelle and athlete/board member Angela Martin of Special Olympics Washington presented Chief John Diaz with a plaque in appreciation of the support that SPD provides to Special Olympics year-round.  Angela Martin personally thanked the Chief and explained how important police support has been for her and other athletes to compete in the Special Olympics.  Martin is a gold medalist competitor specializing in alpine skiing and unified swimming.  Chief Diaz said, “My colleagues and I are truly inspired by Angela and her fellow athletes.  I am grateful for the work that Special Olympics Washington does and we are proud to support them.  Plus, the Polar Plunge gives me an excuse to jump in frigid water with the rest of my command staff.”

Law Enforcement fundraisers for Special Olympics include “Tip-a-Cop” at participating restaurants, Cops on Doughnut Shops at Krispy Kreme restaurants, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Northwest Ride of Dreams and the recent Polar Plunge.  Special Olympics and SPD would like to thank the public for their part in supporting these fundraisers – the success of which has been made possible because of generous community support.

Last year, law enforcement in Washington State raised $650,000 in support of SOWA.  The Seattle Police Department alone raised $50,000. 

For more information about Special Olympics Washington, please visit their website at

Special Olympics Washington athlete/board member Angela Martin and Chief John Diaz