Collins earns special appointment of Olympic proportions

Last year, Selbyville Police Chief W. Scott Collins rappelled down the side of a 17-story building to support Special Olympics Delaware. This year, Collins was nominated for another tall challenge: he is the new vice-chairman for Delaware Law Enforcement for Special Olympics (LESO) executive committee.

“It’s a big honor,” Collins said. “It’s a great organization.”

Through Special Olympics, people with intellectual disabilities train and compete in athletic activities. Police officers statewide are among the biggest supporters of Special Olympics through LESO, which raises money and awareness by hosting fundraisers and staffing the athletic events.

“We want to create opportunities for our athletes that anyone else would get… opportunities to do the things that they want,” said John Miller, the organization’s state director.

The nomination is a double honor, because it means Collins will become chairman of the executive committee in 2013.

“Scott is a good guy,” said Miller. “He’s a leader amongst the chiefs. We try to pick the best people; we don’t look at the size of the department.”

Collins has participated in LESO for about five years. He was inspired through multiple sources to get involved in Special Olympics, from his sister’s working at the Howard T. Ennis School to a neighbor who had Down syndrome. He was also encouraged by Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin, who represented Delaware in the 2009 Special Olympics Winter Games Torch Run in Boise, Idaho.

Collins has fundraised, bowled and played basketball, supported the statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run and even rappelled down a skyscraper for the 2011 Over the Edge fundraiser.

Miller joked that committee members don’t have to jump off a building, but Collins’ continued support and leadership made him an excellent candidate.

Collins has moved quickly from local to statewide work, but he said all of the events are fun.

“He is very enthusiastic, and we look forward to working with him,” said Miller. “He’s a perfect fit.”