Special Olympics Hawaii Initiatives
Special Olympics Hawaii provides services in many other areas than sports training and competition. Through the years, new initiatives have been developed by local programs, state programs, national programs and our athletes around the world.
Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs)
Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs) offer athletes the opportunity to take active leadership roles both on and off the playing field through self-directed, meaningful participation in virtually any aspect such as serving on Boards of Directors, officiating competitions, or coaching other athletes.
Family Leadership and Support
Through its Family Leadership and Support(Ohana Task Force) initiative, Special Olympics offers families not just opportunities for sports, social interaction and fun, but also a much-needed support system.
The Healthy Athlete initiative works to improve, through better health and fitness and analysis of appropriate data, each athlete's ability to train and compete.
MedFest is a program that combines Health and Outreach. In order for athletes to participate in Special Olympics, they must obtain a valid and current medical form from a doctor. MedFest helps athletes who have difficulty getting to a doctor to begin participation and helps renewing athletes' continuation in Special Olympics.
Schools & Youth Outreach/Project UNIFY
The Schools & Youth Outreach initiative encourages school-age youth to celebrate differences and break down barriers. Its efforts allow young people to discover the pathway toward building a more welcoming society for all.
Special Olympics Hawaii Project UNIFY is an education-based project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, which uses the sports and education programs of Special Olympics to activate young people across the U.S in order to promote school communities where all young people are agents of change – fostering respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Hawaii believes that through sports young people can make a difference in friendships, schools and communities. Project UNIFY initiatives include a host of core activities. Special Olympics is working with 38 U.S. State Programs conducting Project UNIFY that engage approximately 600,000 young people in over 1,700 schools. If you as a student, teacher or a administrator would like more information about Project UNIFY please contact Mollie Bruhl at Special Olympics Hawaii.
Special Olympics Hawaii provides a Leadership Conference for our Families, Coaches, Athletes and Volunteers. This has become a valuable asset to our training programs.