Cop on Top
The sky is the limit for local law enforcement preparing to raise the volume on acceptance and inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities. This year’s 15th Annual Cop on Top fundraiser will have officials getting comfortable atop 14-foot scaffolds, where they will stay for three consecutive days to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Hawai’i athletes. Cop on Top will take place from Thursday, August 25 through Saturday, August 27 at Walmart stores statewide, as well as locations around O’ahu including all Sam’s Club stores, Salt Lake Shopping Center, Kāne‘ohe Bay Shopping Center, Enchanted Lake Shopping Center, and Hawai’i Kai Shopping Center.
“Walmart is proud to support the communities we serve in the islands,” said Steven Reed, Walmart Hawai’i Market Manager. “As we observe a five-year partnership with Special Olympics’ Cop on Top, we are humbled to see firsthand the positive impact funds raised at our stores have had on our local athletes with intellectual disabilities.”
Since 2001 Cop on Top has raised more than $2,462,430 to benefit Special Olympics Hawai’i.
“I have been part of Cop on Top for the last nine years and it brings me joy to help those individuals with special needs,” said Tracy JK Fermin-Bras, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. “This event is very near and dear to my heart and very personal for me. I believe in their mission, and I understand first hand what Cop on Top and other Special Olympic Hawai’i events can do for families like mine.”
Special Olympics Hawai’i provides year-round sports training and competition opportunities to more than 3,900 athletes across the state each year. The average cost to serve one athlete is approximately $756 a year.
“Cop on Top celebrates our partnership with local law enforcement and is one of the Law Enforcement Torch Run’s biggest fundraisers of the year,” said Nancy Bottelo, Special Olympics Hawai’i president and CEO. “It is thanks to the support of these wonderful officers who give so selflessly of their off duty time that we are able to support our athletes year-round, free of charge.”