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October 29, 2020

Go the Extra Mile to Support Special Olympics Hawaii in the First Hawaiian Bank Virtual Torch Run T-Shirt

For the past 35 years, thousands of off-duty, volunteer law enforcement from federal, state and county agencies have come together to raise awareness for Special Olympics Hawaii by participating in the annual First Hawaiian Bank Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run. This year, the mission of the Torch Run continues online with their first-ever First Hawaiian Bank Virtual Torch Run fundraiser. 

Supporters can keep the “Flame of Hope” burning bright for athletes by making a donation to the organization online. For every donation of $20 or more, supporters will receive a 35th Anniversary Commemorative Torch Run shirt.   To make a donation or for more information on how to participate in the First Hawaiian Bank Virtual Torch Run visit: https://give.classy.org/2020TorchRun

“First Hawaiian Bank is proud to support Special Olympics Hawaii’s mission of serving individuals with intellectual disabilities through the First Hawaiian Bank Virtual Torch Run,” says Cameron Nekota, president, First Hawaiian Bank Foundation. “Throughout our 30-year partnership with Special Olympics, we have been continually impressed with the amazing and important work they do to keep athletes healthy – both physically and emotionally – and we can’t wait till the day when we are all able to come together again to swim, play ball and run.” 

Supporters of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Hawaii traditionally wear their commemorative shirts to show their commitment to the organization’s mission. In that sense, this year’s Torch Run shirts also serve as a symbol of the Flame of Hope – unifying people by raising awareness for Special Olympics Hawaii athletes. 

The 35th Anniversary Commemorative t-shirts are available to all individuals as part of the First Hawaiian Bank Virtual Torch Run. Participants are asked to donate a minimum of $20 to receive a 35th Anniversary Commemorative Torch Run short sleeve shirt or a minimum of $25 for a long sleeve shirt. Donors are encouraged to select the $5 shipping fee option to minimize in-person contact. Supporters can also represent Hawaii in the Global Virtual Torch Run by taking a photo or video in their Torch Run shirt and visiting www.LETR.org. They can also send their photo or video through WeTransfer.com by emailing torchrun@sohawaii.org

“Year after year, First Hawaiian Bank has gone above and beyond to make a difference for our athletes,” says Tracey Bender, Special Olympics Hawaii’s director of development. “We are extremely thankful for their continued support of Special Olympics Hawaii especially now during this critical time when our athletes need it most.” 

Special Olympics Hawaii has been able to bank on the loyal support of First Hawaiian Bank for over 32 years. In 1998, the company became the title sponsor of their First Hawaiian Bank Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run and, in 2007, they joined the elite ranks of the very top sponsors when they became a Mission Partner with the organization. Their generous support helps provide year-round opportunities for participating athletes and their families free of charge. Aloha Air Cargo is the Bronze Medal Sponsor of the First Hawaiian Bank Virtual Torch Run and has been a sponsor of the Torch Run since 2013. 

All donations Special Olympics Hawaii receives will help continue to provide virtual and online programs to serve athletes and keep them safe during the pandemic. Funds will also help to ensure that they can provide the necessary equipment and PPE for their athletes and coaches so that when they do return to in-person training and competitions that they can do so safely. Special Olympics Hawaii provides year-round sports programs and training for athletes with intellectual disabilities, free of charge. Since 1968, Special Olympics has been changing attitudes about the talents of people with intellectual disabilities and raising awareness to build an inclusive and unified community. For more information on Special Olympics, please visit www.sohawaii.org.

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