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Annual black and blue morning effort

August 16, 2019 09:20 AM

ALBANY – The usual orange and pink logo was enhanced with blue and black streamers and balloons and plenty of gold, silver and bronze for the annual “Cops on Top” fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics.

Several athletes joined Albany Police officers atop the Dunkin Donuts on Washington Ave. across from the University at Albany.

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"They are the guardians of the flame as we call them,” said Jennifer Frame of Special Olympics New York. “Our athletes really love and respect them so it's really wonderful to see the partnership between Special Olympics and Law Enforcement here today."

It was one of 16 spots over five counties around the Capital Region where buckets were passed and donations were given to help thousands of athletes reach new heights – just like the cops on the roof.

"This is just one of the many events we participate in with the Special Olympics every year,” said Steve Smith of Albany Police. “We do the Torch Run, we do the event at Applebee's every year. We've developed a very strong partnership with Special Olympics and these athletes. We believe in what they do and we're always happy to support them."

Special Olympics New York provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in authentic competition. Athletes, coaches and the people who support them come together for the love of a sport and the thrill of a game.

"It helps raise money for us so we don't have to go out and pay for anything and the rest of my 68,000 athletes can go out and compete,” said Kevin Brown, 53, who has been competing through Special Olympics for 45 years and is on the Board of Directors.

Since its inception in 2015, “Cops on Top” has raised over $50,000 dollars.

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