Torch Runners Support Athletes Virtually in Hawaii
This year, Special Olympics Hawaii’s Aukake Classic playing field looked a little different as athletes and coaches took the state competition online. On 8 August, 49 athletes from across the state of Hawaii competed in the Aukake Fitness Classic virtually. Due to the pandemic, Special Olympics Hawaii was unable to hold their traditional, in-person Aukake Classic competition. In order to keep everyone safe during this time, Special Olympics Hawaii decided to create a new format of training and competition, which consisted of eight weeks of online fitness training and their first-ever virtual competition. The fitness events included athletes and Unified teams of all abilities.
- Individual and Unified Team (one athlete and one partner).
- Push-ups, Squats, and Jumping Jacks, including modified versions of each event.
- Wheelchair: Shoulder Press and Air Punching.
Following the competition on August 8, law enforcement officers from around the state helped create a unique experience for participants by surprising athletes at their homes to award them with their medals. Officers from the Hawaii Police Department, Maui Police Department, Kauai Police Department, and Honolulu Police Department presented a total of 131 awards outside of athletes’ homes – while wearing face masks and social distancing whenever possible.
Will Enterprises Virtual Event Specialist
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