Special Olympics Hawaii E-Newsletter
Cop on Top Heightens Awareness for Special Olympics, August 27-30
The sky is the limit for local law enforcement preparing to raise the volume on acceptance and inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities. This year’s 14th Annual Cop on Top fundraiser will have officials getting comfortable atop 14-foot scaffolds, where they will stay for three consecutive days to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Hawai’i athletes.
Cop on Top will take place from Friday, August 27 through Sunday, August 30 at Walmart stores statewide, as well as locations around O’ahu including all Sam’s Club stores, Aikahi Park Shopping Center, Kāne‘ohe Bay Shopping Center and Hawai’i Kai Shopping Center.
“Walmart is proud to support the communities where we work and our ongoing partnership with Special Olympics Hawai’i and their Cop on Top fundraiser is just one of the ways that we give back every year,” said Rey Armijo, Walmart Hawai’i Market Manager. “This year our partnership celebrates five years and we could not be prouder to see the effect that that the funds raised have on our local athletes with intellectual disabilities.”
Since 2001 Cop on Top has raised more than $2,253,000 to benefit Special Olympics Hawai’i.
"I have been part of Cop on Top for the last nine years and it brings me joy to help those individuals with special needs," said Tracy JK Fermin-Bras, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. "This is event is very near and dear to my heart and very personal for me. I believe in their mission, and I understand first hand on what Cop on Top and other Special Olympic Hawaii events can do for families like mine."
Unified Relay Across America Lights Up Aloha State
Blazing a path across 50 states over 46 days, the Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America Flame of Hope lit up Honolulu when it made landfall in the islands on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Honolulu was the Flame of Hope ‘s last stop on its southern route before it made its way to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, where it marked the Games’ Opening Ceremonies.
“As a Founding Champion and the Official Health Partner of the 2015 World Games, Kaiser Permanente is proud to help our local athletes thrive on their journey to the Games,” said Kaiser Permanente Hawaii President Mary Ann Barnes, RN.
In Hawaii the Flame of Hope traveled from Tesoro (located on King and Cooke Street) to Kaiser Permanente’s Honolulu Medical Office and made its way to Microsoft at Ala Moana Center where athletes, families, friends and spectators celebrated with photos, games and camaraderie.
“The Law Enforcement Torch Run in Hawai’i was excited to be part of the Unified Relay Across America and proud to run with members of Kaiser and Microsoft to raise funds and awareness for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games!” said Kurt Kendro Unified Relay Across America coordinator for Hawai’i. On behalf of the Hawaii LETR, we wish the very best to the Hawai’i Special Olympics athletes who will be competing in the 2015 World Games!”
Journey to the Special Olympics World Games
By Denise Lindsey, Special Olympics USA Powerlifting Coach
We flew out of Kona on July 20 and arrived at UC Riverside late Monday night. Isaiah and I were among the first to arrive! The Riverside community was very welcoming, the food was great and seeing all of our Special Olympics USA teammates and coaches that we had previously met at training camp was a great reunion. Other highlights included a parade, barbeque and ocean excursion down to Newport Beach. And then we were off to Los Angeles!
Opening Ceremonies was probably one of the most exciting times for me being in Los Angeles. I thought I knew what to expect after attending the World Games in China, but the feeling that you get can never be explained. It's such a powerful and emotional experience that I wish everyone could have.
And then, we were ready to let the games begin! I was the first coach up with athlete Britney Tregarthen from Alaska and we set the stage for powerlifters. Britney brought home one silver, two bronze and one 4th place for Special Olympics USA. Her competition was very strong but she held her own and medaled, and that was impressive!
Isaiah did not lift until July 31. He wanted to compete two weeks ago, that's how excited he is to be on that stage. He knows what it takes he knows, what he has to do and he is prepared. I can't wait to report the outcome of his day on stage.
There is a lot of work and preparation that goes into every day here for World Games. We all work hard to make sure all the athletes are safe, fed and having fun.
But the truth is, to be a coach at these World Games is a great honor. There are so many coaches from the USA that apply to get this position I have. I am blessed to be a part of this group, and part of Special Olympics USA.
SPONSOR FEATURE: Hawaii Independent Energy Celebrates 10 Years Supporting Special Olympics Hawai’i
This year Hawaii Independent Energy celebrates a decade fueling the dreams of our island athletes. For more than 25 years Hawaii Independent Energy (and its predecessors) have supported Special Olympics, whether by sponsoring events like Fueling Dreams – an event first started 10 years ago this year -- or making a capital campaign donation to our new Sports and Wellness Facility. Hawaii Independent Energy has been a significant and consistent presence, helping our athletes achieve greatness.
“Hawai’i Independent Energy is very proud to celebrate 10 years of fueling the dreams of our local Special Olympics athletes. Our team is passionate about the organization and their work, and with the 76 Hawaii stations joining us this year, we’re expecting even greater support for the athletes,” said Eric Lee, Hawaii Independent Energy’s Vice President – Branded Retail.
“We are so grateful for our loyal customers who have helped us to raise more than $784,000 for Special Olympics to date. With their help we hope to reach our goal of raising $1 million to support our local athletes,” Lee added.
And don’t forget there is still time to help Hawaii Independent Energy fuel the dreams of our athletes! The next time you fill your gas tank, you could help fulfill the dreams of local athletes. Through August 4, 2015, motorists can make a donation to Special Olympics Hawai’i at any participating Tesoro2Go or 76 Hawaii stores statewide. All donations received will help the local nonprofit provide opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete on a local, national and international level.
As part of the month-long event, there will be a drawing for one of three $500 gift cards. Those who donate $5 will receive one entry; those who donate $20 will receive five entries. Donations are not required to enter the drawing, For free entry blanks, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Special Olympics Hawai‘i, P.O. Box 3295, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96801.