Taking time from a busy Tailored Ships Training Assessment event in Honolulu, Hawaii, crew members of Coast Guard Cutter Munro recently supported the 2014 Hawaii Special Olympics Summer Games held at the University of Hawaii.
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.
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.
Over 40 Munro crewmembers participated and provided over 250 volunteer hours to help with myriad tasks to include: registering of athletes, security, serving meals, post event cleanups and setting up/breaking down athletic equipment. Their efforts drew high praise from the Director of Volunteer and Corporate Relations, Cindy Ujimori. So impressed with the efforts and enthusiasm of the crew, Ujimori requested their services at future games despite the cutter being home ported in Kodiak, Alaska.
Special Olympics Hawaii would not exist today without the time, energy, commitment and enthusiasm of people like Munros crew and thousands of individuals who choose to take a little time from busy schedules to make the world a better place.
Through their selfless commitment to helping others the crew embodied the Special Olympics volunteer ethos:
Be a fan of dignity.
Be a fan of acceptance.
Be a fan of the human race.
Be a fan of Special Olympics Hawaii.