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Helping Hand - Special Olympics Hawai'i

Artwork Courtesy of Nik Lacchin

Helping Hand - July 18 2014 full interview with Special Olympics Hawai'i

Helping Hand is a weekly feature on HPR1, Friday afternoons at 5:30 and online here. Helping Hand puts the spotlight on an organization or event in the community that offers assistance to the disabled and other folks in need. This week we’re learning about an outstanding organization, Special Olympics Hawai'i. Local All Things Considered host Dave Lawrence speaks with VP of Sports and Sports Marketing, Dan Epstein.

According to their website, Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports, adapted as necessary to meet the needs of those with special mental and physical limitations. They offer the chance for friendship, enrichment, personal development and many other positive possibilities as part of a larger international organization. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Contact Special Olympics Hawai'i:

Website: specialolympicshawaii.org

Phone: 808-943-8808 and 888-531-1888

Email: volunteers@specialolympicshawaii.org (to learn about volunteering or to offer support), and sports@specialolympicshawaii.org (to contact Dan regarding being a sponsor or donating). At their website, on the Contact Us page, many more email addresses are available.

Find all the Helping Hand segments here.

Dave Lawrence is the local host of All Things Considered, Road Stories (formerly Off the Road), and Stargazer.
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