Maui Cop on Top Kicks Off at Safeway & Walmart

August 17, 2017, 12:31 PM HST · Updated August 18, 8:45 AM
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This year’s 16th Annual Cop on Top fundraiser brings together volunteer, off-duty law enforcement officers from across the state, Thursday, Aug. 17 to Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017.

Cop on Top file photo by Wendy Osher.

This year’s Cop on Top event kicks off today at WalMart in Kahului and will end on Saturday at 5 p.m. Police officers will be on the store rooftop in an effort to raise funds for Special Olympics Hawaiʻi. Officers will also be at the store entrance with Special Olympics athletes and volunteers.

Officers and athletes will also be manning store front events at all Safeway store locations in Kahului, Kīhei, Lahaina and Maui Lani.

Proceeds raised from Cop on Top go directly to Special Olympics Hawai’i and their work providing more than 45 sporting competitions year-round. The average cost to serve one athlete is approximately $650 a year.

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“Every year I look forward to spending time with the athletes and volunteers of Special Olympics at Cop on Top,” said Honolulu Police Department Traffic Division Officer, Ty Ah Nee. “The event is a fun, creative and engaging way to recognize individuals with intellectual disabilities, while raising the funds that are necessary to help support them in their quest for gold.”

Since 2001 Cop on Top has raised more than $2,929,000 for Special Olympics Hawai’i.

Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics Hawai‘i has grown from a handful of athletes to more than 5,000 participants across the state. With the support of more than 9,600 coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics is able to deliver 10 Olympic-type sports and more than 45 competitions throughout the year. There is never a fee for any athlete or family to participate in Special Olympics programs.

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