More than 200 people, including celebrities and members of law enforcement, rappelled down the 27 floors of Phoenix CityScape on Saturday in an annual event to benefit Special Olympics Arizona.
The “Over the Edge” event raised money for the non-profit and awareness of the courage athletes with intellectual disabilities show when participating in sports.
Bruce Clarke, who is on the planning committee for Special Olympics Arizona and an athlete himself, explained why the event was important before rappelling down the high-rise building. Clarke has participated in the fundraiser for the past three years.
“Our athletes overcome barriers and struggles every day of their lives, so I think it’s just important to put ourselves in our athletes’ shoes, especially in an event like this, where people might be scared to rappel down a 27-story building, but our athletes show courage and perseverance every day of their lives,” Clarke said.
Retired law enforcement officer Sherry Kiyler who has been working with Special Olympics Arizona for six years said she’s raised more than $42,000 with the help of her 23-member team.