Local Special Olympics athlete heads to the World Games next month
She's hoping her family will be able to join her as she competes in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
A Special Olympics athlete from Hawaii will head to the World Games to represent the USA in Dubai and she's hoping her family will be able to come along with her.
Rainie Jade Thompson has intellectual and mental health disabilities. The 26-year-old has been with the Special Olympics non-profit organization for years.
Her father, T. Jay Thompson, said Rainie was considered the state’s fastest female special Olympics track athlete in 2013. She decided to take a few-years off competing during that time.
Now she's back and she was chosen to fly to Dubai in March.
All of Rainie’s travel costs are covered through Special Olympics but other expenses like training gear and family travel aren’t.
“It's a great opportunity for her to go. We have a family of six and Dubai and Abu Dhabi are not the cheapest places to go. It's a lot of training and we're gonna miss work. But it's important that we all get to go watch her for sure,” he said.
“My family means the world to me. It’s my rock basically and the support Special Olympics to get me to get to my dream is just as important because when you support the athlete, you support everything that basically goes in with the organization,” Rainie said.
Through her GoFundMe, she is committed to raising $20,000.
Shamrock Way, a non-profit group, is also helping Rainie reach her goal. Donations can go through firstname.lastname@example.org. The organization will give 100 percent of the proceeds towards her trip.