Law enforcement to raise 'dough' for Special Olympics

Law enforcement to raise 'dough' for Special Olympics

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County Sheriff's Office teamed up with Special Olympic athletes to help raise money at the "Cops at the Doughnut Shop" event to benefit the Special Olympics of Georgia.

On Friday and Saturday, deputies were set up at Krispy Kreme on the corner of Slappey Boulevard and Pine Avenue.

There were t-shirts and baseball caps for sale and they also took donations.

The numbers are in, and this weekend's event was a big success!

Organizers said the Albany-Dougherty County community helped raise over $14,000.

That money helps fund Georgia's Special Olympic competitions.

Many local Special Olympic athletes worked with area law enforcement throughout the two-day event.

Organizers said events like this show Southwest Georgia's generosity.

Last year DCSO raised about $17,000, putting them in third place for funds raised.

The money helps pay for travel expenses, equipment and medals.

"This is one of our most exciting times of the year. We really get excited about this because we can help those out who otherwise wouldn't get to go," said Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul.

There are about 27,000 Special Olympic athletes in the state of Georgia and several of them live in this area.

It costs a little over $1 million each year for the state to host the five Olympic games.

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