JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Fire Department and local law enforcement joined Special Olympics Arkansas to raise money for athletes.
The Walmart on Highland Drive hosted the annual "Boots & Badges" event on Saturday.
Athletes across the state are preparing for the summer games at Harding University in Searcy beginning May 26.
The proceeds from the fundraiser will stay in Arkansas and will help cover extra costs such as room and board.
Special Olympics Arkansas Field Representative Theresa Book said the money will also help cover the cost of other upcoming events.
"Thirty percent of it will come back to this area which is Craighead County and Poinsett County," Book said. "This money is then used when we start fall events to help purchase medals, lunch, and any of those things we have going on with the athletes."
Book said in years past, they've reached about $6,000.
This year the organization hopes to reach $8,000.
Copyright 2016 KAIT. All rights reserved.