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Law enforcement to rise up for 17th annual Cop on Top

By Staff | Aug 9, 2018

HONOLULU – Local law enforcement officers across the state are joining forces to raise awareness for Special Olympics Hawaii athletes.

From Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 16-18, volunteer, off-duty law enforcement will perch atop ten-foot scaffolds in front of Hawaii Walmart stores and shopping centers around the state to collect donations for Special Olympics Hawaii.

“We are excited to return as a site sponsor for Cop on Top and support the incredible efforts of our local law enforcement to raise awareness for athletes with intellectual disabilities,” said Lance McAlister, Walmart Hawaii market manager.

“One of our core values at Walmart is giving back to the community and local groups that give so much to us, and we couldn’t be more excited to support this year’s event.”

On Maui, Cop on Top locations include Walmart Kahului, Kahului Safeway and Lahaina Safeway.

“It’s an honor to have participated in Cop on Top for the past 12 years. The event is not only a way for me and my fellow officers to show our support for these athletes, but also a way for us to engage and connect the community to a cause that means so much to us,” said Officer Patricia Doronila.

Donations collected from Cop on Top will directly benefit Special Olympics Hawaii and its efforts to provide sports, health and wellness, and leadership programs for athletes year-round, including opportunities to participate in regional and national competitions.

Special Olympics Hawaii provides programs for all athletes free of charge.

Since 2001, Cop on Top has raised more than $3,102,119 for Special Olympics Hawaii athletes statewide.

For more information on Special Olympics Hawaii, call (808) 943-8808 or visit www.specialolympicshawaii.org.