Submitted by Special Olympics Hawai’i:
The 13th annual event will take to new heights at Walmart stores statewide:
Dozens of local law enforcement are busy getting themselves into tip top shape
as they prepare to rise to the challenge for this year’s 13th Annual Special Olympics Hawai’i Cop
on Top fundraiser. Law enforcement officials across O’ahu and Kaua’i, will climb atop 14-foot
scaffolds for three successive days, from August 28-30, 2014, to raise awareness for the local
nonprofit organization and funds for Special Olympics athletes. This year, Cop on Top will be
held at Walmart stores statewide as well as locations around O’ahu including all Sam’s Club
stores, Aikahi Shopping Center, Kāne‘ohe Bay Shopping Center and Hawai‘i Kai Shopping
Center. Maui and Hawai’i Island’s Cop on Top event will take place from September 25 – 27 at
Walmart stores on those islands.
“This is the fourth year we have hosted Cop on Top at our Hawai’i stores and we are thrilled to
welcome everyone back for another great year,” said Rey Armijo, Walmart Hawai’i Market
Manager. “Cop on Top is an event we are incredibly honored to be a part of and support,
providing a venue for these selfless law enforcement officers and helping to raise funds for these
Since 2001 Cop on Top has raised more than $2,253,000 to benefit Special Olympics Hawai’i.
Special Olympics Hawai’i provides year-round sports training and competition opportunities to
more than 3,500 athletes across the state each year. The average cost to serve one athlete is
approximately $865 a year.
“All monies raised stay in the islands and help to fund the programs that allow our athletes to
compete year round, free of charge,” said Nancy Bottelo, Special Olympics Hawai’i president
and CEO. The generosity and support the community has shown towards Cop on Top is inspiring
and I would encourage everyone to come down again this year and show your support for our
officers and athletes.
For more information on Special Olympics Hawai‘i, please call 808- 943-8808 or visit
www.specialolympicshawaii.org. Special Olympics Hawai‘i is also on Twitter,
www.twitter.com/sohawaii, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsHawaii and on
Instagram at www.instagram.com/SOHawaii.
About Special Olympics Hawai‘i
Special Olympics unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports
every day in Hawai‘i. Through work in sports, health education and community building, Special
Olympics is addressing inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and
empowering people with intellectual disabilities which leads to a more welcoming and inclusive
Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Hawai‘i Special Olympics movement has
grown from a handful of athletes to more than 3,500 athletes across the state. With the support of
more than 7,000 coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics is able to deliver nine Olympic-type
sports and more than 40 competitions throughout the year. There is never a fee for any athlete or
family to participate in Special Olympics programs.