Cop on a rooftop: NIU police to join in May 30 Special Olympics fundraiser

TorchRunMembers of the Northern Illinois University Department of Police and Public Safety will join law enforcement agencies throughout the state in staking out Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops, including the DeKalb location near NIU’s campus, beginning at 5 a.m. Friday, May 30, as part of a fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.

Officers from the NIU P.D. will be joined by other local law enforcement agencies in manning the Dunkin’ Donuts at the corner of Lincoln Highway and Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb. Police officers throughout Illinois are scheduled to cover more than 170 Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops across the state to raise awareness and donations for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.

Each guest who visits a Cop on a Rooftop location that day and makes a donation to the Torch Run will receive a free donut coupon.  Guests donating at least $10 will receive a Law Enforcement Torch Run travel mug (while supplies last) and a coupon for free medium coffee.  Other items, such as Torch Run T-shirts and hats, will be sold for various donation amounts. Additional activities may vary by Dunkin’ Donuts location.

“We are excited to join other law enforcement agencies in participating in this statewide fundraiser benefitting the Special Olympics,” said NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips, noting that Dunkin’ Donuts also is donating $15,000 to the Torch Run fund.  “It’s a fun community event that is easy to be a part of. Thanks to Dunkin Donuts for their support.”

The DeKalb County Law Enforcement Torch Run is scheduled to take place Sunday, June 11, beginning at 3 p.m. DeKalb-area participants include representatives from the NIU, DeKalb and Sycamore police departments and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.

The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised more than $31 million over 28 years while increasing awareness of Special Olympics Illinois athletes and their accomplishments.  Each year, more than 3,000 officers cover 1,500 miles carrying the Flame of Hope through the streets of their hometowns and to the State Summer Games in Normal in June.  It is the single largest year-round fundraising vehicle benefiting Special Olympics Illinois.  The intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals:  to raise money and increase public awareness for the athletes of Special Olympics.  The Torch Run has set a goal of raising $3.5 million in 2014.

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 21,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 18,500 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family support. The first Special Olympics games were held at Soldier Field in July, 1968; the program now is in more than 170 countries.

Those interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible should contact their local Special Olympics agency or call 800-394-0562.

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