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  • Honolulu Massage Therapy Students and Graduates Use New Skills to Benefit Special Olympics


    When the Coordinator for Special Olympics Hawai'i, Cindy Ujimori, reached out to the Massage Therapy program at Remington College - Honolulu Campus to find participants for a fundraiser, she got three eager students and one instructor to commit their time, energy, and skills to the third annual Polar Plunge.

    What Is a Polar Plunge?

    The Polar Plunge recruits participants to jump into a freezing pool of water that has been lowered to 37 degrees! Friends and family members support participants by making donations in their name to Special Olympics Hawai'i.

    Once their support network has committed a donation, there's no turning back for the Polar Plungers. Each participant had a minimum goal of raising $100, but for those who raised the most, dubbed the "Super Plungers," a special reward was awaiting outside of the ice cold pool.

    The "plunge" for Remington College Massage Therapy students didn't include jumping into freezing water. Instead, for three hours on March 5, 2011 at Restaurant Row, Massage Therapy students Demitree Gee, Travis Osurman, and Steve Kishimoto "plunged in" by showcasing their skills, providing massages to the Super Plungers with leadership from instructor Ray Herradura.

    How Did Remington College's Honolulu Massage Therapy Students Participate in the Plunge?

    Massage Therapy Instructor Cherie-Lyn Apuya commented, "Our students and graduates were able to display their classroom training in a public setting. It was a great platform for them to apply their classroom training to a real-world environment."

    When asked whether Massage Therapy students would be supporting the Super Plungers next year, Ms. Apuya answered with a resounding "Yes!"

    Special Olympics Hawai'i currently serves more than 2,000 children and adults who participate in year-round sports training and competition. Contributions made to participants of the Polar Plunge help enable each of these special athletes to continue taking part in activities at no cost to them or their families.

    How Did Participating in the Polar Plunge Benefit Massage Therapy Students?

    Massage Therapy Instructor Cherie-Lyn Apuya commented, "Our students and graduates were able to display their classroom training in a public setting. It was a great platform for them to apply their classroom training to a real-world environment."

    When asked whether Massage Therapy students would be supporting the Super Plungers next year, Ms. Apuya answered with a resounding "Yes!"

    Special Olympics Hawai'i currently serves more than 2,000 children and adults who participate in year-round sports training and competition. Contributions made to participants of the Polar Plunge help enable each of these special athletes to continue taking part in activities at no cost to them or their families.