Kama`aina Kids is teaming up for the first time with Special Olympics Hawaii to bring a Unified Sports program to Hawaii schools to promote inclusion.

The two groups are kicking off their partnership in a big way, with an inaugural 3×3 basketball tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 8am-12pm at Salt Lake Elementary School.

Ed Silva, School Age Manager for Kama`aina Kids says the partnership will allow them to provide a valuable resource for kids with special needs who hey wreck every day in some of our schools and after school programs. 

For the 3×3 tournament, kids can participate through their Kama`aina Kids A+ locations by asking their Site Coordinator. The A+ programs that are participating are Kokohead, Kalihi, Kalihi Uka, Nimitz, Hickam, Salt Lake, and Wheeler.

Unified Sports is a national program dedicated to promoting social inclusion that brings together students with and without intellectual disabilities to train and compete together. 

According to Dan Epstein, Chief Operating Officer of Special Olympics Hawaii, “A Unified Sports program means we are promoting social inclusion by bringing students together with and without intellectual disabilities to train and compete together. This program is a quick path to friendship and understanding, provides opportunities to build student character and leadership, and helps to increase acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities, special needs to enhance the school community.”

To volunteer or find out more information about the basketball tournament, call Kama`aina Kids and ask for “Mr. Ed” 

Phone Number: (808) 368-6746 

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