The Watertown Police Department has been lucky to have a compassionate, dedicated officer like Kathy Selck on staff for almost nine years. Prior to working in Watertown, Selck spent a year each at the UW-Whitewater Police Department and the Palmyra Police Department.
Selck had her first experience in working with Special Olympics athletes in high school when she volunteered at a group home. “I was hooked,” Selck says. “The athletes were incredible. The enthusiasm and pure joy they have for life cannot be compared to anything else.” This type of fun, interactive experience is what has inspired Selck to continue her involvement with Special Olympics for more than eight years. “I love seeing the excitement and joy in the athletes,” she said.
She now is an active participant in the Law Enforcement Torch Run, and has just recently expanded her involvement to serve as a member of the Law Enforcement Torch Run State Committee. Selck also participates in the volleyball tournaments that are hosted in Watertown.
When asked about her favorite memory from her involvement with Special Olympics, Selck replied, “Do I have to pick just one? It would have to be reuniting with an athlete that I used to work with in college at a volleyball tournament. She remembered me, and came running up to hug me.”
Special Olympics Wisconsin would like to personally thank Officer Selck for her unwavering commitment and encouraging attitude as she continues to support more than 10,000 athletes. Thank you Officer Selck!