ROCKFORD, Mich. (WOOD) — Some of West Michigan’s youngest athletes showed off their skills Saturday morning, all while raising money for a good cause.
Boys and girls ages 17-and-under swam, biked and raced their way through the 12th Annual Rockford Area Kids Triathlon, held at Rockford High School. All proceeds go to support Special Olympics Michigan through the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
As a fundraiser for the torch run, Saturday’s event is put on by local police agencies. Michigan State Police Lieutenant Kevin Sweeney, who organizes the race, says that raising the money is great, but what’s most important, especially now, is giving young people the chance to interact with law enforcement in a different way.
“It seems recently, law enforcement may not be viewed, by some, in the most positive light,” Sweeney told 24 Hour News 8 at the race. “We do so much more than just write tickets or stop cars or take complaints. We’re there really to help people. This is helping people. This is part of being involved with the community.”
In 2015 alone, the Law Enforcement Torch Run raised more than a million dollars for Special Olympics Michigan.