Bayan Wang Arizona Republic Published 5:22 PM EST Dec 8, 2018 Hundreds of people rappelled down a 27-story CityScape high-rise building in Phoenix Saturday afternoon for an annual initiative that raises money for Special Olympics Arizona athletes. The “Over the Edge” event partners with the non-profit Special Olympics Arizona each year, raising funds to spread awareness of the courage these athletes show when participating in sports. Phoenix Police Assistant Chief Mary Roberts was present Saturday with several other police departments who have partnered with the organization for decades, helping them with several fundraising events. “You think about what these athletes go through each and every day, the challenges, the fears, the obstacles … that’s what we do with this one, leap off 27 stories … to basically walk a little bit in their shoes for those few minutes that we’re hanging from a rope,” Roberts said. Over 200 people are expected to rappel this year, each of whom raised a minimum of $1,000 that will support more than 380 local athletes, according to the organization’s website. Bruce Clarke, an organization coordinator said each participant that rappelled raised “enough money to cover two athletes to participate in Special Olympics for an entire year.” “I feel like special Olympics does change our athlete’s lives. It helps them to become more outgoing and to tell their story because they have incredible stories,” he said.