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Special Olympics Hawaii E-Newsletter
June 2016


Special Olympics Hawai’i is just one of 10 local nonprofits recently recognized by the nation’s leader in independent charity evaluators. Charity Navigator recently released its list of top nonprofits, which included a coveted 4-star ranking for Special Olympics Hawai’i. The rating is a reflection on the organization’s ability to maintain outstanding fiscal and management practices and for its commitment to providing Hawai’i’s athletes with intellectual disabilities with year-round sports training and competition opportunities free of charge.

“While we are most proud of our work that we do with our local athletes, it is an honor to also be recognized for our fiscal responsibility and transparency,” said Nancy Bottelo, Special Olympics Hawai’i president & CEO.

For more than a decade, Charity Navigator has recognized only the most financially responsible organizations with a 4-star rating by using objective and data-driven analysis. Focusing on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, these “Accountability & Transparency” metrics, account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating and reveal which charities have the best practices to minimize the possibility of unethical activities and whether they freely share information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.


Special Olympics Fundraiser Takes Participants Over The Edge

Registration is now open for this year's 8thAnnual Over the Edge event on Saturday, November 5. You can be one of only 96 people who will have the thrill of rappelling 40 stories down the side of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa. All participants are asked to raise a minimum of $1,000 to benefit Special Olympics Hawai'i.

Sign up now here.

"Over the Edge is all about challenging what people think they are capable of - much like our athletes do every day. Many people who participate are afraid of heights and Over the Edge helps them to conquer that fear, in a way that benefits our community of athletes" said Nancy Bottelo, Special Olympics Hawai'i president and CEO.

Early registration is open from June 30 to August 31. Those who sign up during this period are eligible to receive a 50 percent discount off the $100 registration deposit fee. Participants who sign up as a team of at least three members can take advantage of a $25 deposit fee.  After August 31, the registration deposit fee is $100. Returning participants do not need to pay a fee.  

Participants must be at least 18 years of age by November 5, and weigh less than 300 pounds to participate. Each participant will receive a 2016 Over the Edge t-shirt. Additional prizes will be available to those who raise more than the $1,000 minimum.

Interested individuals are encouraged to sign up today online at If you have any questions, contact Tracey Bender at (808) 695-3524 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Tip a Cop at Ala Moana Center Raises More Than $2,000


Special Olympics Hawai‘i’s popular Tip a Cop fundraiser served up a brand new location at Ala Moana Center for this year’s 26th annual event. On Monday, June 20 and Tuesday, June 21, diners at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and California Pizza Kitchen at Ala Moana Center enjoyed service from off-duty law enforcement officers who helped to buss tables and deliver food to raise tips and awareness for Special Olympics Hawai‘i.

Thanks to your support this event raised $2,288.75 for our local athletes!

“We are excited for this partnership with Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and California Pizza Kitchen to help bring awareness about Special Olympics Hawai’i’s work as well as the dedication and commitment of our volunteer law enforcement officers,” said Rexie Adlawan, Law Enforcement Torch Run liaison.

Proceeds from Tip a Cop will benefit Special Olympics Hawai‘i’s Aukake Classic, which brings in more than 550 athletes and coaches from across the state this August. The annual competition marks the end of the summer season and includes a multi-division soccer tournament, individual soccer skills competition as well as a traditional and Unified® bocce doubles competition.


LETR Feature: Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run

By: Rexie Adlawan, LETR Liaison

On Friday, June 3rd 2016, hundreds of law enforcement representatives and their families gathered together at Fort DeRussy in Waikiki for the First Hawaiian Bank Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run. The annual run commemorates fallen Officer Troy Barboza, and is the final leg of the state's run - extending from Maui, Moloka'i, Kauai, East Hawai'i and West Hawai'i.

Law enforcement and first responders from county, state, and federal agencies ran from Ft. DeRussy into the State Summer Games Opening Ceremonies, held at UH Manoa's Les Murakami Stadium. The Torch Run also features its own Opening Ceremonies at the start of the race with a truck pull contest. This year's first place winners were first time participants, the Honolulu Fire Department.

Known as “The Guardians of the Flame,” each participant in the Torch Run supported Special Olympics athletes through submitting a $30 entry fee and sporting a commemorative shirt. The benefit generated over $45,000 for the athletes, an amount that is still growing as donations from the Torch Run are continuing to roll in.

We greatly appreciate all the support that the Honolulu Police Department has offered in organizing and spearheading the Torch Run! This event would not be possible without their efforts. We also appreciate all branches of law enforcement and first responders that were able to take part in the run, or simply donated to this benefit.



Project Unify Feature: Hilo's Arnold Kahaunaele Featured in Hawaii Prep World

One of Hilo High School’s special education students, Arnold Kahaunaele, was recently featured in Hawaii Prep World! Kahaunaele is a two-time participant in unified track relays at the Island Movers State Championships and this year he and his teammates placed third in front of full stands at Kamehameha School. Learn more about Kahaunaele’s experience at this year’s State Track & Field championship here.


Sponsor Feature: Mahalo to Our Cheer for Champion Sponsors & Guests!

This month we would like to recognize all of those who supported our annual Cheer for Champions fundraiser. The annual event took place during our State Summer Games Opening Ceremonies and featured heavy pupus and desserts by local restaurants Phuket Thai, MW Restaurant, Poke Stop, Tiki’s Grill and Bar, Yatai Sushi and Girls Who Bake Next Door, drinks, a silent auction and wine pull.

Special guests included Governor David Ige and Mrs. Ige, as well as loyal VIP supporters and sponsors. All were able to participate in the Opening Ceremonies Parade of Athletes and helped to welcome the more than 1,000 law enforcement officers as they carried the Flame of Hope into the stadium, lighting the cauldron and officially signifying the opening of this year’s State Summer Games.

Thanks to your support this year’s Cheer for Champions raised more than $111,800 for our athletes!

A special “mahalo” to this year’s Cheer for Champions table sponsors including:


- Nan Inc.


- First Hawaiian Bank

- Kalaeloa Partners, L.P.

- Par Hawaii

- The Hawaiian Electric Companies

- The Howard Hughes Corporation


- aio

- Akamine, Oyadomori & Kosaki CPAs, Inc.

- Alston, Hunt, Floyd, & Ing

- Armstrong Produce

- Coffman Engineers

- Coldwell Banker/Sissy Sosner and Private Homes Hawaii /Jeremy Sosner

- Elite Parking Services

- Environet

- Haas Insulation, Inc.

- Jade Ching, Stacy Pi and Shilpa Patel

- Sam Moku and Aloha Pacific Credit Union

- Servco Foundation

- The James Campbell Company

- The Signature Prime Steak and Seafood

- Veterans United Home Loans of Hawaii



Summer Games 2016



Mahalo Big City Diner!

Mahalo to our icon campaign supporter Big City Diner for stepping up to the plate for another year! Big City Diner raised $6,227.40 to help our athletes get to the games.

Fueling Dreams Reminder

There is still time to fuel the dreams of our local athletes with intellectual disabilities. Now through July 5, 2016, take a drive over to any participating Tesoro or 76 Hawaii gas station statewide and make a donation to Special Olympics Hawai'i. Donations will provide opportunities for local athletes to compete and train here in the islands free of charge.






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