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For the eighth year in a row, hundreds of law enforcement officers from throughout the state will support the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Wisconsin atop 56 Dunkin’ rooftops on Friday, Aug. 16, from 6-11, including the Dunkin’ location in Tomah.

Officers hope to top last year’s donation total of more than $78,000 from 60 Dunkin’ rooftops as they seek to raise awareness and donations to support for Cop on a Rooftop. Since 2012, the organization has raised more than $290,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin.

In return for the police officers doing time at their restaurants, Dunkin’ will donate $5,000 to the Law Enforcement Torch Run. In addition, eEach guest who visits a Cop on a Rooftop location that day and makes a donation will get a Free Donut coupon.

Dunkin’ also will feature a special glazed red and white donut ring depicting Special Olympics Wisconsin’s colors Aug. 16.

The donut, called “The Champion,” will be available while supplies last.

When asked why she supports Cop on a Rooftop, Detective Niki Nelson, a member of the Waukesha Police Department and Director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, said, “This is such a great opportunity for athletes and law enforcement to work together to increase inclusion and interact with our community outside our normal duties. Where else can you shout from a rooftop and not get in trouble?”

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is a volunteer movement that was established by members of the law enforcement community to support Special Olympics.

It is the largest public awareness vehicle and grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics. The mission of the LETR is to increase awareness and funds for the Special Olympics movement. Since the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Wisconsin began in 1986, it has raised more than $31.5 million for Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes.

Special Olympics Wisconsin is a statewide organization that provides athletic opportunities for people with special needs. In 2018, Special Olympics celebrated its 50th year. Since 1968, Special Olympics has worked to change attitudes about the talents of people with disabilities.

With the support of donors, coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics Wisconsin provides year-round sports training and more than 700 athletic competitions in 18 Olympic-type sports to over 10,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities.

For more information, visit specialolympicswisconsin.org or call 608-222-1324.

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