Altoona, Ankeny & Des Moines , IA – Local law enforcement officials will be “living” at three area Walmart stores during Memorial Day weekend to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Iowa. The event takes place Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26 at the Altoona, Ankeny and Des Moines Walmart Stores. This is the eleventh year for the Cop on Top Law Enforcement Torch Run event benefitting athletes of Special Olympics Iowa.
The locations and schedules include: Des Moines Walmart (SE 14th St.) on May 24 & 25 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and May 26 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Ankeny Walmart is May 25 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. May 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and May 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Altoona Walmart is May 24 & 25 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
SOIA Director of Development Jeanette Steinfeldt said, “Law enforcement officers “live” at a retail store during the weekend and volunteers collect donations from store patrons. Volunteers might include persons from local law enforcement departments, civic organizations, schools, family and friends. All donations raised go directly to SOIA.”
In addition to the Memorial Day weekend locations, Cop on Top fundraising events are also held throughout the year in Ames, Cedar Rapids, Centerville, Coralville, Council Bluffs, Iowa City, Marshalltown, Ottumwa, Pella and West Des Moines.
Steinfeldt encourages the public to visit the closest Walmart Memorial Day weekend to see area law enforcement representatives at their finest while they raise awareness for Special Olympics Iowa.
Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA), a statewide nonprofit organization, provides high-quality training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in all 99 counties of Iowa. SOIA offers 23 Olympic-style sports to nearly 11,000 athletes and Unified Sports partners year-round. Since 1968, Special Olympics has provided an inclusive culture that stresses athletic excellence, rewards determination, emphasizes health, and celebrates personal achievement.