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Special Olympics Hawaii E-Newsletter
June 2017

Get Pumped for Fueling Dreams

Starting Wednesday, July 5, 2017, Par Hawaii is pumping up support for Special Olympics Hawai’i. The company’s annual Fueling Dreams campaign returns for its 12th year, allowing island drivers to make a donation to Special Olympics Hawai’i at any one of 45 participating Hele, 76 and Tesoro stations throughout O’ahu, Kauai, Hawai’i Island and Maui. All donations received will provide opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities to train and compete free of charge, including participating in the upcoming Holiday Classic, scheduled for November 11 to 12, 2017.

Par Hawaii, marketer of the Hele, 76 and Tesoro brands of gasoline in the islands, has been a strong supporter of Special Olympics Hawai’i for more than 27 years.

“Our entire team is very passionate and proud of our involvement with Special Olympics Hawai’i,” said Eric Lee, Par Hawaii’s Vice President – Retail.  “From volunteering at their annual State Summer Games to hosting our annual Fueling Dreams campaign, we are truly humbled by the support of our employees and the community. Over the years, the Fueling Dreams campaign has raised more than $650,500 for these amazing athletes.”

As part of the campaign, which runs through August 8, 2017, Special Olympics Hawai’i and Par Hawaii will give away three $500 gift cards. Those who donate $5 will receive one entry; those who donate $20 will receive five entries. The more entry blanks you enter, the better your chances are to win a $500 Hele, 76 or VISA/American Express gift card. A donation is not required to enter the drawing. For a free entry blank, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Special Olympics Hawai‘i, P.O. Box 3295, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96801.

“Par Hawaii and its predecessors have been one of the greatest supporters of Special Olympics Hawai’i and we are excited to have one of our longest-running annual fundraisers return for another year,” said Nancy Bottelo, Special Olympics Hawai’i president and CEO. “Each year the money that Par Hawaii raises plays a critical role in our work to help fuel the dreams of athletes with intellectual disabilities.”

Special Olympics Hawai‘i provides year-round sports programs for athletes free of charge. All funds raised through Fueling Dreams will directly support the cost of facility rentals, equipment, food, lodging, and transportation for the more than 1,200 athletes and coaches scheduled to compete at this year’s Holiday Classic, November 11-12, 2017.


Tips for Summer Sun Safety

With many of our teams training for the Aukake Classic in August, now is the perfect time to think about sun safety! Hawai'i sees sunshine year-round but it is important to be aware of our sun exposure especially during these hot summer months.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Most cases of melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV light).

Some tips for reducing your risk for skin cancer when out in the sun this summer are:

  • Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
  • Cover up with clothes to protect exposed skin.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
  • Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
  • Use sunscreen with broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection and sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher.
  • Remember to reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.

Special Olympics Hawai’i also recently received a portable sunscreen dispenser donated through SOI to demonstrate proper sunscreen application. If you didn’t see it at our State Summer Games look for it at Aukake Classic!

Take the Leap

Registration is now open for this year’s 9th Annual Over the Edge event on Saturday, October 28. You can be one of just 90 people who will have the thrill of supporting Special Olympics Hawai’i athletes by 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.

Sign up to reserve your space today!

“We are excited to return to the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa for another year, celebrating our athletes and our amazing supporters,” said Tracey Bender, Special Olympics Hawai’i director of development. “Over the Edge challenges participants in ways they never imagined – much like the challenges our athletes face on a daily basis.”

Early registration is open through 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 deposit. Participants must be at least 18 years of age by October 28, and weigh less than 300 pounds to participate.

Incentive 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 .

Race for Unity

The runners at the HHSAA Island Movers State Track and Field Championships didn’t let a downpour dampen their competitive spirit. For the third year, the HHSAA hosted a unified relay division at the state championship track meet on May 13, at Kea’au High School. Special Olympics high school unified teams made up of two students from general education and two students from special education ran through the rain in the Unified 4 x 100 meter relay and the Unified 4 x 400 meter relay. Teams qualified by beating a required time at their area meets prior to the HHSAA meet.

“The opportunity to compete on a statewide stage alongside their peers and in front of families, friends, coaches, and classmates, is an unbeatable experience for our high school unified track teams,” said Unified Schools Manager Mollie Bruhl.

The Unified teams are expected to follow the same competition rules as the rest of the participants at this highest level of competition, the state finals, which means fouls are called when they are meant to be called. The top six Unified teams earn state championship medals.

Despite the weather, teams ran hard and represented Special Olympics Hawai’i well. Special Olympics Hawai’i CEO Nancy Bottelo thanks the HHSAA and shares “we are proud to have our Unified teams represented at the HHSAA State Track and Field Championships. Inclusion and acceptance of our athletes is the ultimate goal of our Special Olympics program and for that we thank the Hawai’i High School Athletic Association.”

The results of the HHSAA Island Movers State Track and Field Championships can be found here:

Sponsor Feature: The First Hawaiian Bank Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run

On Friday, June 2, 2017, over 1,000 law enforcement representatives and their families gathered together at Fort DeRussy in Waikiki for the start of the 32nd Annual First Hawaiian Bank Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run. The annual run commemorates fallen HPD officer and Special Olympics coach, Troy Barboza and is the final leg of the state's Torch Run which includes legs on Maui, Moloka'i, Kauai, East Hawai'i and West Hawai'i.

Law enforcement and first responders from county, state, and federal agencies ran from Fort DeRussy into the Opening Ceremonies of the State Summer Games, held at the University of Hawai’i Manoa's Les Murakami Stadium. There, athlete Jennifer Wong and Honolulu Police Department Assistant Chief of Police Richard Robinson lit the cauldron, marking the opening of the State Summer Games.

“I have been so fortunate to see this event grow from a handful of runners in 1986 to the overwhelming response we have now on every island in the state” said Nancy Bottelo, Special Olympics Hawaii CEO. “Our athletes and families always say that the entrance of the law enforcement runners into the Opening Ceremonies is the highlight of the night. There are so many individuals throughout the state who work year-round to make this a great success. We cannot thank them enough for their support and all they do for our athletes and programs. And a special mahalo to First Hawaiian Bank, who has been the presenting sponsor of the Law Enforcement Torch Run since 1998. We are honored to have them as our partner!”

Known as “The Guardians of the Flame,” participants raised more than $74,000 for our Special Olympics athletes and programs, an amount that is still growing as donations from the Torch Run continue to roll in. Mahalo to this year’s Top 10 Agencies:

Honolulu Police Department

Hawaii National Guard

Hawaii County Police

Maui County Police

Department of Prosecuting Attorney

Department of Homeland Security – CBP/CIS/ICE

Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Police Department/DEPT OF NAVY POLICE

Kauai Police


Dept. of Public Safety





Arthur Ashe Courage Award

Congratulations to Special Olympics Founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver who will be honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 25th Annual ESPYS!

Our Opening Ceremonies Online

If you missed all the action in person or simply want to relive this year’s Opening Ceremonies again, check out our Youtube channel for the full video from this year’s State Summer Games.

Catch it online here.

Make June 29 Pizza Night!

Don’t forget to make this Thursday night, pizza night!

Isaiah Wong Deadlifts 500 lbs.

Isaiah Wong from Kona won his division with this 500 pound lift. Good job Isaiah!

Watch it here

Mahalo to Our Healty Athlete Volunteers

Summer Games Photos



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