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Special Olympics Hawaii E-Newsletter
May 2017

Competition Heats Up at 49th Annual State Summer Games

Special Olympics athletes from across the state are getting ready to dive into one of the organization’s biggest competitions of the year. More than 1,200 local athletes and coaches have been preparing since February to compete in powerlifting, softball, track and field, and swimming at this year’s State Summer Games.

Athletes and coaches will parade into the Les Murakami Stadium Friday, June 2, 2017 for the organization’s Opening Ceremonies. The Opening Ceremonies kick off the weekend of competitions with a parade of athletes, coaches and families into the stadium with entertainment and a celebration for sponsors whose support helps to make the weekend’s events possible.

For a complete schedule of events click here.

 


Your Next Slice Could Support Special Olympics

We are proud to announce that Special Olympics Hawai’i has been designated Papa John’s Charity of the Month for the month of June. Throughout the month you can support Special Olympics Hawai’i (and not have to plan lunch or cook dinner!) in three easy ways!

  1. Order online and use promo code: “Aloha” and $1 from each transaction will be donated to Special Olympics Hawai’i
  2. Buy an Aloha Carryout Card for $10 and $7 will be donated to Special Olympics Hawai’i
  3. Order pizza on Thursday, June 29 and 25 percent of sales will be donated to Special Olympics Hawai’i


Support for Special Olympics Swells at Annual Hawai’i Law Enforcement Surfing Classic

Local law enforcement agencies from across the state will make waves in Waikiki during the Second Annual Hawai’i State Law Enforcement Surfing Classic to benefit Special Olympics Hawai’i. Presented by 88 Tees the two-day event will take place Saturday and Sunday, June 3 – 4, 2017 at Kuhio Beach off the shores of Waikiki.

This year’s contest is at capacity with 26 teams competing including law enforcement from the sheriffs, corrections and military participating.

Men and women employees at the city, state, and federal level will compete in different age groups within five different categories – Longboard Division, Shortboard Division, Special Division, Ohana Division and Stand-Up Paddle Division. All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Hawai’i and support their work to provide year-round sports training and competition opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Celebrating Acceptance at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School

By Javiera Rojas Nunez

At Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School (CKMS) we believe that while everyone is different in some way or another that we should all live harmoniously and accept each other. That is why Team Unify, a group at CKMS that spreads tolerance, acceptance and respect, organizes activities for “Acceptance Week,” an annual event we hold at CKMS for all the students.

Our goal for Acceptance Week is to spread acceptance in our daily lives and Team Unify wanted to make the whole school aware of being accepting by holding various activities that included everyone. One activity that we did was to show a video our team filmed of interviews where students and teachers talked about what acceptance meant to them.

Another was activity called Acceptance Rainbow where students wrote kind words which we then put on a wall in the shape of a rainbow for everyone to see. Our third activity was The Chain where students wrote accepting words on paper and our team chained them all together and wrapped it around our music building so that everyone could see it.

The outcome of the whole event was amazing and being part of a team that spreads acceptance is a great feeling. As said by Audre Lorde, “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” We must celebrate our differences and recognize that yes, we are different but that shouldn’t divide us. With things like what Team Unify is doing, we can spread the kindness, respect and the acceptance that everyone deserves no matter what our differences are.

 


 

Sponsor Feature: Summer Games Sponsors

 


 

SIDEBAR

Dine Out at Big City Diner

Big City Diner (Waipio Shopping Center, Pearlridge East, Kailua Town Center, Windward Mall, Ward Entertainment Center, Kaimuki) will be collecting donations for Special Olympics Hawaii through May 31. One hundred percent of your gift will go towards hosting the State Summer Games this June.

LIVE From Our Opening Ceremonies

Can't make it down to our State Summer Games Opening Ceremonies in person? Catch it all online here.

Pay It Forward!

Thank you to Waialua Elementary School's Unified team for choosing Special Olympics Hawaii as their charity of choice for their pay it forward program sponsored by Monsanto!

Make a Run For It

Congratulations to these 4x100 medal winners in the HHSAA Track & Field Unified division.

Wo Endowment Community Building Award



The three way partnership between Waipahu Elementary School,
Leeward Community Colllege’s Teacher Education Program,
and Special Olympics Hawaii received 1st honorable mention in
the Wo Endowment Community Building Award for building community partnerships.

 

SOHI Special Smiles Program

Forty-Four Big Island softball athletes received free oral health screenings and education through the Healthy Athletes Special Smiles Program at the Kona Softball Competition held May 7. Thank you to new Special Smiles clinical director Diana Smith and volunteer dentists, Dr. Tiffani Dunn, Dr. Matt Griffith and Dr. Melissa Beaudet.

Rainbow's athlete, Gary Ganal received a dental makeover provided through the Healthy Athlete Special Smiles Program and Dental Lifeline Network. A big MAHALO to volunteer dentist Dr. Phillip Nguyen.

Torch Run Statewide

Throughout the month of May Maui, Kauai, Molokai, and the Big Island hosted their own Law Enforcement Torch Runs.

 

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