Special Olympics Hawai'i E-newsletter
This May enjoy pizza with a purpose
No dinner, no problem! Throughout the month of May dinner can be as quick and easy as picking up the phone or ordering online with Papa John’s Hawai‘i. Simply mention – or enter online -- promo code “17PJHCOM” and one dollar from every purchase will benefit Special Olympics Hawai‘i!
As Papa John’s Hawai‘i’s designated Charity of the Month there are other great ways ordering pizza can have a purpose. Purchase an Aloha Carryout Card during the month of May for $10 and $7 will go directly to our athletes. Or, mark your calendar for Thursday, May 28 and mention “SPECIAL OLYMPICS HAWAII” and 25 percent of your purchase will be donated back to our organization (online use promo code “17PJHCOM”).
“Eating good has never felt so good,” said Mike Donley, Papa John’s Hawai‘i area district supervisor. “We are proud to partner with Special Olympics Hawai’i and support their athletes as they prepare for the State Summer Games this month!”
Throughout the month of May the Hawai‘i Law Enforcement Credit Union is accepting donations as part of the Law Enforcement Icon Campaign. The campaign will take place at all three credit union branches including:
You can also support these local businesses that are supporting Special Olympics Hawai‘i. These companies will continue to accept donations for Special Olympics throughout the month of May. They include:
When you visit any of these companies during their designated dates, please consider making a donation to Special Olympics Hawai‘i. One hundred percent of your gift will go towards hosting the State Summer Games this May. The annual event will bring together more than 1,000 athletes and coaches from around the state to compete in an Olympic-style competition.
Welcoming new Torch Run director, Patricia Doronilla
Please join us in welcoming incoming Torch Run director, Officer Patricia “Trish” Doronilla. Doronilla is an officer at the Honolulu Police Department. She carries on the flame of hope and legacy of past Torch Run directors including:
Paul Epstein: 1987 – 1991
“I am honored to continue in the footsteps of my predecessors and light the way for our local Special Olympics athletes as Torch Run director,” said Doronilla.
What the Youth Activation Committee means to me
For the last three years I have served as a member of the National Youth Activation Committee. Being a member has given me the chance to travel to Arizona, Washington DC, New Jersey, the State of Washington and South Carolina to meet other youth who are as passionate as I am about leveling the playing field for those with intellectual disabilities.
Over the last three years I have co-chaired both the Partnership Outreach committee and the Play Unified committee with two amazing youth leaders from Idaho and Pennsylvania. I have had the chance to speak with Tim Shriver, Arne Duncan (United States Secretary of Education) and Loretta Claiborne. Most importantly, through the National YAC I have had the opportunity to meet with Special Olympics athletes from across the country. It has been an incredible learning experience that has pushed me to go beyond what I ever thought possible.
This past April I attended my last National YAC meeting. We discussed the exciting upcoming projects that Project UNIFY is planning and we attended the first ever Special Olympics college unified soccer tournament where we cheered on athletes. It was inspiring to see the power of unified sports. The greatest thing I learned through this experience is the power of community and I am confident that through working together our Special Olympics Hawaii program will continue to grow. I am excited to see what the future holds for me and for Hawaii as we work towards a more inclusive, understanding and respectful society.
AREA FEATURE: Whole Foods Market Community Support Day to benefit Maui athletes
By Adrienne Laurion, Regional Director for Special Olympics Maui
Whole Foods Market shoppers can kick off their support for Special Olympics Maui during the store’s Community Support Day on Wednesday, May 27. On this day, Whole Foods Market will donate five percent of the day’s sales to the local organization, which provides sports training and competition to more than 250 island athletes throughout Maui County.
As part of its commitment to support the communities in which it works, Whole Foods Market stores, nationwide, hold Community Support Days throughout the year and donate five percent of that day’s net sales to a local nonprofit or educational organization.
“Whole Foods Market Maui is proud to support the healthy, active lifestyle of these Maui athletes as they pursue their dreams and goals on and off the playing field,” said Elyse Ditzel, marketing supervisor for Whole Foods Market Maui.
All funds raised during the May 27 Community Support Day will stay on Maui and directly support local athletes with intellectual disabilities, providing them with the opportunity to compete locally and statewide. Whole Foods Market Maui has supported our delegation throughout the years and we are so excited to partner with them for a Community Support Day to raise even more funds and awareness for our amazing athletes.
SPONSOR FEATURE: Law Enforcement Torch Run lights the way for Special Olympics athletes
Hawai‘i's Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1986 with 20 officers who carried the Flame of Hope from Hawai‘i’s State Capitol to Special Olympics Hawai‘i’s State Summer Games. In 1987, Hawai’i’s Law Enforcement Torch Run was renamed the Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run in memory of Honolulu Police Department Officer Troy Barboza, who was killed in the line of duty and had been a dedicated coach and ambassador for Special Olympics.
But the name -- Law Enforcement Torch Run – can be deceiving because the Torch Run is so much more than just a run! The ways in which the Law Enforcement Torch Run supports Special Olympics Hawai‘i includes year-round fundraising events such as Cop on Top, Tip a Cop, and many more, culminating with Torch Run into the State Summer Games’ Opening Ceremonies. Through the groups various efforts, the Law Enforcement Torch Run has helped raise more than $6,500,000 for Special Olympics Hawai‘i to date.
This year more than 2,500 law enforcement personnel from federal, military, state, county and local agencies will participate in the Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run with legs on Kaua’i, Maui, Hawai’i Island, and O’ahu.
Special Olympics Hawai‘i would like to extend its sincerest “mahalo” to the more than 2,500 law enforcement personnel from federal, military, state, county and local agencies who go above and beyond the call of duty to serve our Hawai‘i athletes.