Cop on Top for Special Olympics

(HawaiiNewsNow) - Local law enforcement officials will be receiving tall orders as they rise to the challenge of raising funds for Special Olympics Hawai'i's 10th annual Cop on Top fundraiser. From September 16 -18, 2011 officers will stake out the top of scaffoldings to heighten awareness and raise funds for Special Olympics athletes across the state. This year Cop on Top will be held at Walmart stores statewide as well as all Sam's Club stores on O'ahu, Aikahi Shopping Center, Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center and Koko Marina Shopping Center.

"This year, Cop on Top celebrates a decade of supporting the athletes of Special Olympics Hawai'i and we invite the public to come out and show their support for these dedicated officers who generously give of their time for our local athletes," said Nancy Bottelo, president, Special Olympics Hawai'i.

Officers will climb the scaffolding starting at 6 a.m. on Friday, September 16 and will not return to the ground until 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 18. Last year's Cop on Top event raised $235,533 for Special Olympics Hawai'i.

Special Olympics Hawai'i provides year-round sports training opportunities to more than 2,100 athletes from across the state at no cost to athletes or their families. The average cost to provide one athlete with sports training and competition is approximately $1,044 a year.

For more information on Special Olympics Hawai'i, please contact 808-943-8808 or visit Also, follow Special Olympics Hawai'i on Twitter, at and on Facebook at for updates on the event.

About Special Olympics Hawai'i

Special Olympics Hawai'i's mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. All services are provided at no cost to the athletes or their families.