COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - For one day, troopers with the state highway patrol put down their badges and picked up their gloves, raising money for the Special Olympics.
Taking a swing at a softball sure is easier than figuring out how to fill a hole in the state budget these days.
Highway patrol troopers from across the state are in Columbia taking part in the Colonel's Cup. It's a fundraiser for Special Olympics, a program that could take a $225,000 cut in state funding.
"These Special Olympic athletes are such an inspiration to us all, their character and outlook on life is such a big inspiration," says Sgt. Kelley Hughes.
Last year law enforcement all across South Carolina raised nearly $400,000, and with this year's state budget crunch it appears the fundraising effort may need to be raised up a notch or two.
"We have 15,500 Special Olympic athletes here in South Carolina, there's another 10,000 potential athletes we can't reach because of funding already," says spokesman Sam Alexander.
State troopers pay an entry fee which then goes to Special Olympics.
The troopers say asking you to step up to the plate and help them in making sure Special Olympics doesn't get "pulled over" by budget problems.
"It's just a great cause, if anybody was to get involved they'd see firsthand what we're speaking about," says Hughes.
Reported by Brian DeRoy