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Maui Special Olympics Swim Fin Enters 3rd Year

May 12, 2016, 4:23 PM HST
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Nikilani Rojas, Special Olympics Maui Athlete. Photo courtesy of Toni Rojas.

Nikilani Rojas, Special Olympics Maui Athlete. Photo courtesy of Toni Rojas.

The third annual Swim & Fin to benefit Special Olympics Maui Swim Team is slated for Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Pukalani Aquatics Center.

This public community event welcomes all swimmers of all ages to join us for a fun-filled morning.

“It’s a great way to train, exercise, show your support for your community, and just have fun,” said Professional Swimming Coach, Marie White. “Whether you swim recreationally, are on a school or private team, we want you to join us.”

The County of Maui, Department of Parks & Recreation Aquatics Division has announced the closure of the Upcountry Pool in Pukalani from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 21 to accommodate the event.  The public is encouraged to attend to support all participants however the pool will not be available for free swim until after the event is over.

Each entrant must collect a minimum donation entry fee of $35 which includes a commemorative t-shirt and light refreshments. Entrants will swim based on their age group and prizes will be awarded in various categories. All age categories and swim levels are welcome.   Funds raised will be used to offset expenses to the State Special Olympics Competition on Oʻahu.

Marie White, Swim & Fin Volunteer Coach / Toni Rojas, Swim & Fin Volunteer Parent / Nikilani Rojas, Special Olympics Maui Athlete. Photo credit: Toni Rojas.

Marie White, Swim & Fin Volunteer Coach / Toni Rojas, Swim & Fin Volunteer Parent / Nikilani Rojas, Special Olympics Maui Athlete. Photo credit: Toni Rojas.

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For entry forms, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, and more information, interested individuals can contact Toni Rojas, Parent Volunteer and Event Co-Chairperson at [email protected] or (808) 344-8880. Entries are due May 21 and donations due on day of event.

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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.

Special Olympics Maui is an accredited area program of Special Olympics Hawaiʻi, a 501c(3) not for profit organization.

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