If you see local law enforcement officers on the roof of a Hy-Vee grocery store this weekend, don’t worry, they’re not chasing wanted suspects. They’re actually hoping to raise money and create awareness for Special Olympics South Dakota.
There’s several reasons law enforcement will be climbing up to three Hy-Vee rooftops on this cold Saturday in January.
“Getting donations for Special Olympics, getting the word out there about our amazing athletes and just something fun and different to do,” Sioux Falls Police Officer Michelle Paulsen said.
Paulsen and Captain Meredith Jones from the State Penitentiary will be taking part in the event that runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“Seeing those athletes eyes light up when they’re winning their medals is precious. It’s just awesome to see all the law enforcement come together from different agencies to collectively help the athletes,” Jones said.
This is the second ever Cop On A Rooftop event taking place in South Dakota. The first one happened in December of 2017. The goal this year: raise $10,000.
“Hopefully it’s not going to be too terribly cold,” Amy Crawford, with Special Olympics South Dakota, said.
Crawford says any dollar amount raised will go towards the hundreds of athletes competing each year. Crawford says there will be donation buckets at the HyVee stores on 39th & Minnesota, 49th & Louise, and 26th & Marion.
“So this goes to support our 2,500 athletes statewide. This is exciting for us. We actually added 400 athletes this year. Which is awesome. Obviously we have more funding we want to get done for this year. So this is one way what will help do that,” Crawford said.
While it should be pretty chilly this weekend, Jones has no problem standing on a roof promoting Special Olympics.
“Not at all. These athletes are well worth any sacrifice we have to make,” Jones said.
The Hy-Vee locations participating in Cop On A Rooftop in Sioux Falls will be 39th & Minnesota, 49th & Louise, and 26th & Marion stores.