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Midlands police raise funds for special olympics

Richland County Sheriff's Department (WACH)

Columbia, S.C. (WACH) -- 'Protect and serve' took on a whole new meaning Saturday afternoon at the Red Robin in the Village at Sandhill.

The Richland County Sheriff's Department Hosted their annual Tip-A-Cop event to benefit the Special Olympics South Carolina.

The deputies waited tables for tips, along with providing awareness and information about the competition.

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The event also featured guest star, retired Paralympian Centra 'Cece' Mazyck, who specialized in the javelin throw.

"We need to bring awareness to it and let the world know that there are individuals that want to compete that cannot compete," said Mazyck. "And we need the funds to help them compete. And that's a way of them getting back into society, get them getting back into the world, the integration...and just having a good time through sports."

All proceeds will go to directly support the year-round sports training and competition for the 22,036 special olympics athletes in the state.

RCSD was recently award the Ruby Award at the International Conference for Special Olympics for raising over $800,000 in the state. Internationally, as a whole, police raised over $56 million.

Spokespersons for the department said their next goal is shooting for $1 million next year.

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