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Special Olympics Hawaii E-Newsletter
July 2016

A Special Day with AccesSurf

Thanks to a partnership with AccesSurf more than 40 Special Olympics athletes were able to spend the day catching waves at White Plains Beach. The July 25 event invited athletes to learn to surf – many who experienced surfing for the first time. This event was in addition to AccesSurf’s monthly Day at the Beach and was available exclusively for Special Olympics athletes.

AccesSurf and Special Olympics Hawai’i share a similar mission, focusing on the ability of sports to empower people with disabilities. Mahalo to the amazing staff, leadership team and volunteers at AccesSurf who helped to create an amazing and unforgettable day for everyone involved!


Nancy Honored with Distinguished Service Award

Congratulations to our leader, Nancy Bottelo who was recognized at this month’s 21st Century Distinguished Service Award Dinner 2016. The Arc in Hawaii recognized Nancy and Lee Moriwaki with this year's Distinguished Service Award at a dinner at Kapiolani Community College.


“I truly believe that this award is a recognition of all the great work Special Olympics Hawai’i has and will continue to accomplish for those with intellectual disabilities,” said Nancy Bottelo. “I am honored to share this award with my amazing and talented team, as well as all the athletes and families who have helped to grow Special Olympics Hawai’i into the organization that it is today.”


The Arc in Hawai’i provides services for people with intellectual disabilities on O’ahu. The Arc in Hawai’i awards its first Distinguished Service Award (DS) in 2000. The purpose of the award is to recognize the contributions of individuals who have contributed to the development and growth of the organization or the enhancement of the quality of life for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Hawai’i.


Cop on Top Raises Awareness for Special Olympics Hawai’i

By: Adrienne Sylva, Development Intern


Volunteer law enforcement from across the state will help promote acceptance and inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities from August 25 – 27, 2016 at this year’s Cop on Top fundraising event. Officers are set to climb atop 10-foot scaffolds, where they will stay for three consecutive days until they reach their fundraising goal. Since 2001 Cop on Top has raised more than $2,717,767 to benefit Special Olympics Hawai’i.

This year’s Cop on Top will take place at Walmart stores statewide, as well as locations around O’ahu including all Sam’s Club locations, Salt Lake Shopping Center, Kāne‘ohe Bay Shopping Center, Hawai’i Kai Shopping Center and Enchanted Lake Shopping Center.


One of Special Olympics Hawai’i’s biggest supporters, Par Hawai’i is gassing up with a new name! Par Hawai’i is rebranding its Tesoro stations across Hawai’i. To celebrate, they are holding nine “grand opening” events on O’ahu, Maui and the Big Island to introduce their new HELE brand in partnership with a different nonprofit beneficiary for each event, starting with the Palama location on July 30. For this inaugural grand opening event, Par Hawai’i is pledging to match donations to Special Olympics Hawai’i dollar for dollar, up to $10,000.
Donations will be accepted through August 30 here:
In Hawaiian, Hele means “to go." So hele on over to these new stations and receive kama’aina benefits with each purchase of gas! Join us at HELE’s grand opening this Saturday, July 30. Additionally, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., customers will receive a discount on gasoline, giveaways, and much more!
“Hele will perpetuate Par Hawai’i’s long tradition of giving back to the local community and we could not be more excited to partner with Special Olympics Hawai’i for the opening of our first Hele location,” said Jim Yates, president of Par Hawai’i, Inc. “We hope that the community will join us in supporting this great organization.”

Special Olympics opens hearts and minds by unifying athletes on the playing fields. You have the chance to bring this movement with a purchase of a Power of Unity ALEX AND ANI

The design features the Special Olympics symbol on one side and the athlete oath on the other. Additionally, 20 percent of the proceeds from each bangle sold will go to support the important work that our movement does for athletes with intellectual disabilities.


Mahalo to Papa John's Hawai'i for donating $569 to support our local athletes!  This past May, Papa John’s selected Special Olympics Hawaii as their Charity of the Month.

For the third year in a row, Teddy’s Bigger Burgers conducted an icon campaign to give their customers a chance to donate to Special Olympics Hawaii. The Kapiolani and Wahiawa restaurants were able to raise $1,500!  Mahalo Teddy’s Bigger Burgers!






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