Special Olympics Hawaii E-Newsletter
Welcome Our New Team Memebers!
Special Olympics Hawai’i recently welcomed three new team members. Adrienne Sylva joined as development assistant, Neal Hickey as development
coordinator and Zena Arbitrario as finance and office manager. Additionally, Tracey Bender has been promoted to director of development.
“We are excited to welcome Adrienne, Neal and Zena into our Special Olympics ohana and strongly believe they will accomplish great things for our
organization and athletes,” said Nancy Bottelo, Special Olympics Hawai‘i president and CEO.. “Tracey has already demonstrated her talents as development manager and I am personally excited to see her excel in this new role.”
In her new position as director of development for Special Olympics Hawai’i, Tracey Bender
will lead all fundraising initiatives including annual special events, fundraising campaigns and managing sponsor relations.
Also joining Special Olympics Hawai’i as finance and office manager is Zena Arbitrario.
Arbitrario is a seasoned accounting professional with more than 15 years of experience in her field.
Adrienne Sylva joins Special Olympics Hawai’i as a development assistant.
Sylva, will directly support the development team with fundraising and
campaign initiatives as well as be responsible for creating promotional and website materials.
As development coordinator Neal Hickey will be responsible for
coordinating, promoting and marketing all special events and
fundraising efforts. He joins Special Olympics Hawai’i with a background in nonprofit work, including
four years working with Special Olympics Ireland.
Toasting Good Health
This month members of Special Olympics Hawai’i spoke to our Global Messenger Toastmasters and more than 90 coaches who
attended this season’s coaches clinic about Special Olympics Hawai’i Health. This is a new movement within Special Olympics Hawai’i
to merge health and wellness with sports programming.
They shared statistics comparing the health of Special Olympics athletes with the health of the general population.
Striking information like this has motivated the Global Messengers Toastmasters to develop speeches to educate fellow
Participants learned that individuals with intellectual disabilities are three times more likely to have heart disease, stroke,
diabetes or cancer compared to adults without intellectual disabilities. Additionally, individuals with intellectual disabilities
are twice as likely to die before age 50 compared to the general population.
athletes to get “fit,” join the SoFit program, visit the Healthy Athlete Village at Summer Games and reach out to others
in the community who can help make a difference.
Coaches were given a list of skills and drills that they can do with their athletes on a regular basis that will improve their flexibility,
balance, and endurance. They are now well equipped to improve the lives of their athletes!
Giving Health Some Love
A lot of love was shared this Valentine’s Day as 65 Special Olympics athletes received free physical exams at the 2017 MedFest
event held at Kaiser Permanente’s Mapunapuna Medical Office. Athletes had their vision, height, weight and blood pressure checked
and received cardiovascular and musculoskeletal evaluations from physicians and medical office staff.
They also received a Kaiser Permanente water bottle and healthy snacks provided by Kaiser.
In addition, second year students from the University of Hawai’i School of Dental Hygiene provided
dental education to athletes, teachers and parents as they waited for their appointment.
A big mahalo to Kaiser Permanente and the University of Hawai’i School of Dental Hygiene!
MedFest is an annual event held in February open to all new and existing athletes who need to
complete the Special Olympics medical required prior to competition.
Study Up On This Year's Unified Champion Schools Conference
This month Special Olympics Hawai’i’s Unified School’s Coordinator, Mollie Bruhl, attended the UCS Annual Conference in South Carolina.
She experienced true southern hospitality, sweet tea, and lots of “y’alls,” but most importantly brought a lot of ideas back to our state.
In attendance at the Conference were representatives from 47 states and five Canadian provinces.
The highlight of the trip was a visit to Lexington High School near Columbia, SC. Lexington hosted an assembly during which athletes from
three high schools received varsity letters for their participation in Unified Sports. Kevin Nagandhi from ESPN delivered a keynote speech
about the joy of sport and especially of Unified Sports. He wisely recognized that "the excitement and celebration of unified sports are
possible because there are no limits!"
The letter presentation was followed by a pep rally attended by the whole school at which Mary Davis, CEO of Special Olympics International spoke to the students about the importance of inclusion.
Kevin Nagandhi pumped up the crowd and a short video of the rally was shown on ESPN’s SportsCenter. Mollie returned to Hawai’i inspired and engaged for 2017!
SPONSOR FEATURE: HAWAII NEWS NOW
Special Olympics Hawai’i is often in the news thanks to a great partnership with Hawaii News Now.
Hawaii News Now has been an important media partner, donating airtime and news anchor talent
to promote our organization’s events and increase brand awareness each year.
We love working with their team who all go above and beyond to put Special Olympics Hawai‘i front
and center on their highly watched KGMB, KHNL and KFVE channels, social media outlets and website.
In 2016, Hawaii News Now created and aired PSAs raising awareness for
Special Olympics Hawai‘i’s Polar Plunge, Cop on Top and Over the Edge fundraisers.
Polar Plunge is April 1st, 2017
Sign-up for the 8th Annual Polar Plunge fundraiser to help support Special Olympics Hawai'i Athletes!
Our athletes had a great time during a unified robotics experience with Punahou School this month!
Congrats Paul Mangus!
He will be representing the USA at this year's world games in Austria during the Law Enforcement Torch Run.