WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Longhorn Steakhouse on Riverdale Street in West Springfield will have new waiters on Friday.

Law Enforcement Officers from the West Springfield Police Department will volunteer at this fundraising event as “celebrity waiters” to raise money for the Special Olympics Massachusetts.

Special Olympics athletes will be door greeters as they welcome customers to the restaurant. Customers are encouraged to dine as usual, and if compelled, to give an additional tip for Special Olympics Massachusetts, and regular tips to their servers are not impacted.

“We love supporting Special Olympics. We are part of the group called, ‘The Law Enforcement Torch Run’, where we specifically raise money for Special Olympic athletes here in Massachusetts and internationally. We have our athletes here at the doors and they are walking around with officers introducing themselves to the guests and talking about the sports that they are involved in,” expressed West Springfield Police Officer Erica Ireland.

Special Olympics Massachusetts has year-round sports training and athletic competition for over 14,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities across Massachusetts in over 450 sporting competitions every year. The Special Olympics movement helps to promote inclusion for people that have intellectual disabilities in all areas of life.