09.Jun.2017 Special Olympics Unified Softball team “Green Machine”

It was a hot, breezy and dusty day of grounders, grinders and fly balls during the Special Olympics State Summer Games on Oahu June 2nd thru 4th. The Unified Softball team from West Hawaii “Green Machine” gave it their all, but had to settle for 5th place in some hard-hitting competition. If your wondering “What is Unified Sports”, here’s the answer:
Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. Believe me, our Unified Players walked away from this tournament with high admiration on the skills and determination from our West Hawaii Special Olympics Athletes Isaiah Wong, Robbie Sanoria, Marinna Takahashi-Ruiz, Sanoe Wong and Byron Pabre. Let’s all Unify the Unity of Special Olympics Unified Sports!!!!
(picture insert; front row left to right)
Isaiah Wong, Coach Matt Bester, Robbie Sanoria, Cheri Wood, Andrea King
(back row left to right)
Lamar Fresquez, Coach Gene Power, Merisa Wong, Marinna Takahashi-Ruiz, Charshel Lipai,
Denise Lindsey, Sanoe Wong and Byron Pabre. (not pictured Assistant Coach Judy Volquardsen)

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08.Jun.2017 Powerlifters Reign at State Summer Games!!!

“POWER to the LIFTERS”
Big Island Special Olympics Athletes competed at the Special Olympics State Summer Games at the University of Hawaii June 3rd and 4th. Special Olympics Athletes from around the State competed in Swimming, Track & Field, Unified Softball, Powerlifting and Individual Softball Skills. Here are the results from the Powerlifters.

The West Hawaii delegation consisted of 6 Special Olympics Athletes, and they racked up a lot of hardware!!!
9 gold medals, 9 silver medals, 3 Bronze and 2 participation ribbons.

Waimea delegation Athletes:
Kalei Lee with a Squat of 85, Bench 75 and Deadlift 125, Combo points of 285.
Kalei brought home 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze.

Nancyn Honma with a Squat of 80, Bench 85 and Deadlift 135, Combo points of 300.
Nancyn brought home 2 Golds & 2 Silvers

Preston Buckley with a Bench 50 and Deadlift 95, Combo points of 145.
Preston brought home 1 Gold, 1Silver and 1 Bronze

Kona delegation Athletes:
Dara Sabri with a Deadlift 150 pounds, and Combo points of 150.
Dara brought home 2 participation ribbons, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze

Shawn Lehano with a Squat of 105, Bench 115 and Deadlift 115, Combo points of 335.
Shawn brought home 1 Gold and 3 Silvers

*Isaiah Wong with a Squat of 425, Bench 250 and Deadlift 500, Combo points 1,175.
Isaiah brought home 4 Gold’s

*Isaiah Wong was the Grand Champion with the biggest lifts of the State competition.
Every one of Isaiah’s lifts was a personal best for him.

Coaching staff:
Waimea delegation coaches Matthew Mills head coach, Suzette Mills assistant coach.

Kona delegation Denise Lindsey head coach, assistant coaches Jehromy Otterman,
Nani Lehano and Kit Kurtz.

Waimea lifters train at Crossfit Allstars Waimea.
Kona Lifters train at The Club in Kona and IMUA IRON. Mahalo to KC Stallsmith, Jeff Lee and Darren Elisaga for your kindness and open arms during our training season.

(picture insert from Left to Right)
Kalei Lee, Dara Sabri, Preston Buckley, Isaiah Wong, Nancyn Honma and
Shawn Lehano.

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11.May.2017 Hawaii Army National Guard supporting Special Olympics West Hawaii

The Hawaii Army National Guard came together in full force to help support Special Olympics West Hawaii at the annual Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run in Kona on May 7, 2017.  Thank you to Bernard Garcia of the Hawaii Army National Guard for coordinating his group on our big event!!!!  Mahalo!!!

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10.May.2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run “MC’s” for Special Olympics West Hawaii

Lyman Medeiros and Special Olympics West Hawaii Athlete and Global Messenger

Joshua Goetz, pose together before the the Law Enforcement Torch Run and

Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Regional Softball Tournament on Sunday

May 7, 2017.

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02.Sep.2015 “Bus-A-Move” Bus Pull Throwdown 9/26/15

Special Olympics WHT _final

Saturday September 26, 2015, Special Olympics West-Hawaii will host their “Bus’ a Move” Throw Down Bus Pull competition at Kona Commons.

Get your team of 10 ready by to PULL a Roberts Hawaii Charter Bus!

Teams have 3 categories to win, Fastest Pull, Lowest Combined weight, and an award will be given to the most enthusiastic team. Lowest Combined Weight event, will use a lighter vehicle provided by AIRGAS. The rig is 16,500 pounds, so you STRONGMEN and Women come out and show your Muscle for a worthy cause ☺

Teams can register now by calling 345-0433 or email sowhdenise@gmail.com. Event T-Shirts will be given to all pre-registered participants.

Special Olympics West Hawaii is always looking for volunteers to help make this event run smoothly and safely. If you would like to volunteer please email us at sowhdenise@gmail.com.

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17.Aug.2015 “Cop on Top” Major Fundraiser for Special Olympics West Hawaii

Cop On Top is a 3 day event going on at Wal-Mart stores August 27, 28 & 29 to raise funds for Special Olympics Hawaii programs.

Wal-Mart stores and Hawai’I Law Enforcement Officers donate time, space, manpower, products and funds to make this event successful.

Officers, volunteering on their own time, will sit up on the scaffolding for 3 days and 2 nights until they raise a minimum of $ 15,000.00

100% of the funds raised during this event will remain in West Hawaii. Monies raised will be used to purchase uniforms, equipment, transportation, coaches training, competitions and other opportunities for our West Hawaii athletes.

Remember, no fees are ever charged to participating athletes.

Special Olympics Hawaii offer’s a high quality of year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and individuals in the West Hawaii community.

So, come on down and join us for a good cause!
For more information and to help with Cop On Top,
please call Sharon Yong (808) 756-2186

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29.Sep.2012 Cop On Top makes WHT front page

Mahalo nui loa to West Hawaii Today, Reporter Chelsea Jensen and Freelance Photographer Laura Shimabuku for the fantastic coverage about Cop On Top, which appeared Saturday, Sept. 29, on the newspaper’s front page!

Chelsea wrote an awesome story, featuring wonderful interviews with Area Director Sandie DelaCruz and athletes Relyn Shook and Ray Donager. Laura’s super great photos really capture the scene and spirit.

View the story on the newspaper’s Website, www.westhawaiitoday.com.

Meanwhile, enjoy this excerpt:

 The community’s support for Special Olympics West Hawaii is important to Relyn Shook, who moved to Kailua-Kona from Oahu about seven months ago. At age 32, she said she’s been part of Special Olympics for 20 years and holds many medals in an array of sports. About a dozen of her gold, silver and bronze medallions hung from her neck Friday as she collected donations.

“Special Olympics (West Hawaii) has helped me go after my dreams. I was told since I was 11 years old (that) I couldn’t do anything,” she said. “But, it doesn’t matter — as long as you follow your dreams and go for your dreams. Whatever it is, whatever you want to be you can be no matter what they tell you.

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04.Sep.2012 Final Thoughts from Dave Ross

Aloha all,

I hope this note finds you well and in good spirits.

After seven years with Special Olympics West Hawaii, and the last five as the area director, I am stepping down from my position. My beautiful wife, Katie, and I are moving to Portland, Ore., on Sept. 5 to further our careers in architecture and education respectively.

For the past few month,s I have been training Sandie DelaCruz to take over SOWH as the area director. Sandie is very organized and loves the program. I have tremendous confidence in her and know she will lead SOWH to even greater heights.

We have a solid athlete base and volunteer core. Of course, if you know anyone who could benefit from our program, have them contact SOWH.

We will continue to have the blog, sowh.org, up and running, as well as keep advertising upcoming events. It is Cop On Top time Sept. 28 to 30 at Walmart on Henry Street in Kailua-Kona. Please sign-up to volunteer or come by and donate.

To reach Sandie, email sowhsandie@gmail.com or call 808-987-5057.

Please continue to support the wonderful athletes of West Hawaii. Your time, connections, and contributions enhance the lives of our athletes, their families, and the West Hawaii community as a whole.  Don’t believe me? Come out to an event and see it for yourself.

Mahalo for the wonderful memories and allowing me to have such awesome times over the past seven years.

Much love.  Be well.

David Ross

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25.Jul.2012 Volunteers needed for Aukake Area Games

Special Olympics soccer and bocce teams will be competing in the Aukake Area Games Saturday, July 28, at Old Kona Airport Sports Complex fields, next to the pool.

Volunteers are needed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. to support the Kona, Kohala and Hilo teams, as well as ensure the event runs smoothly. In particular, Special Olympics West Hawaii, which is hosting the competition, needs help with painting and chalking the soccer fields; people to serve as linesmen and scorekeepers; help setting up and taking down tents and tables; and food donations.

Anyone interested in helping should call SOWH Area Director Dave Ross at 345-1344 or email him at specialolympicswh@gmail.com.

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