Law enforcement officers raise money for Special Olympics

Law enforcement officers raise money for Special Olympics
Kristin Caso and Kevin Sproul talk with WALB about what this event means to them (Source: WALB)
Kristin Caso and Kevin Sproul talk with WALB about what this event means to them (Source: WALB)
Officer collects donations at the busy intersection (Source: WALB)
Officer collects donations at the busy intersection (Source: WALB)
Shannon and Phillip Ford, Special Olympics Athletes (Source: WALB)
Shannon and Phillip Ford, Special Olympics Athletes (Source: WALB)
Kevin Sproul, Dougherty County Sheriff, and other law enforcement officials (Source: WALB)
Kevin Sproul, Dougherty County Sheriff, and other law enforcement officials (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Cops and donuts go hand in hand, but on Friday, law enforcement officers are lending a helping hand.

Officers are raising money for Special Olympics at the Krispy Kreme on North Slappey Boulevard and Pine Avenue.

For over a decade officers from the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office, Dougherty County Police Department and Albany Police Department have teamed up to raise dough for the Special Olympics.

Officers will be flagging down drivers to get donations.

Albany Recreation and Parks Special Events Coordinator Kristin Caso said there are about 27,000 athletes who participate in the Special Olympics program from across the state, many of whom come from Southwest Georgia.

"We're just real excited about this weekend. Last year we raised over $17,000 in two days. And we hope to meet that or do better this year," said Caso.

The money raised will go toward paying for hotels, meals, and equipment among other things the athletes need.

"This is one of our most exciting times of the year! We're really excited about this because we're able to help these individuals out, that like I said wouldn't get to go otherwise," said Dougherty County Sheriff, Kevin Sproul.

Special Olympic athletes will also join law enforcement to get those donations.

"We see our athletes you know they have intellectual disabilities and they seem like the world is against them and they can't succeed and they want to be like everybody else," explained Sproul, "This is that opportunity we give them to go participate in games, you know whether it's volleyball or bowling or whatever it may be, and they actually take pride in this and it makes them feel that they're a successful person."

Athletes like Phillip and Shannon Ford will play volleyball in May at a tournament in Atlanta.

"I just like to be out here to raise money for Special Olympics," said Phillip Ford.

Friday's event began at 7 a.m. and will go until 10 p.m. Then volunteers will return on Saturday at the same time for another day-long event, all to collect donations.

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