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Auburn police to take part in "Cops on Top" charity event

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AUBURN, AL (WSFA) -

Members of the Auburn Police Division are preparing to sit on top of the North Dean Road Kroger for a good cause known as "Cops on Top".

The event starts at 8 a.m. May 2 and ends at 10 p.m. on May 3. For 38 hours the officers will stay on the roof while trying to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics.

There will also be officers on the ground throughout the event to accept donations from citizens and to sell 2014 Law Enforcement Torch Run t-shirts.

The Auburn Police Department is just one of numerous law enforcement agencies across Alabama that will be participating in "Cops on Top."

Last year, law enforcement officers in the state raised more than $85,000 during the event.

Locally, the Lee County Special Olympics program serves over 200 athletes and offers a variety of events, including:  Athletics (Track and Field), Basketball, Bowling, Cycling, Flag Football, Golf, Power Lifting, Softball (coming soon!), Swimming, and Volleyball.  During the weekend of May 16-18, over 50 athletes and coaches from Lee County will travel and compete at the State of Alabama Games, located on the campus of Troy University.

In less than two months, 20 Lee County athletes and coaches will join more than 150 Special Olympics athletes and coaches from throughout the state of Alabama and will travel to New Jersey as part of Team Alabama to compete in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. 

The Games will be held at venues throughout New Jersey, including Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey, Mercer County Park and several area private schools.  Coordinators are expecting more than 3,500 Special Olympics athletes, 1,000 coaches and over 10,000 volunteers to participate in the week-long Games. 

Lee County has a strong presence on Team Alabama, including the 2013 Gold Medal winning Basketball Team. 

Overall, Lee County will send one bowler, one swimmer, one track and field athlete, one unified golf team, the basketball team and several coaches. 

Funds raised during the "Cops on Top" event will go directly towards funding the athletes travel to both the state games and the National Games.

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