Special Olympics Hawaii’s blazing summer season wraps up this weekend, August 12-13, 2023, at the organization’s 28th Annual Aukake Classic at Waiau District Park. The two-day event brings together more than 425 athletes and coaches from across the state. Competition includes a five-a-side soccer tournament, individual skills soccer competition as well as traditional and unified bocce tournaments.
Athletes have been training from June through August and participated in area and regional competitions to qualify for the event. The Aukake Classic is one of three state competitions that Special Olympics Hawaii holds annually.
Special Olympics is a global inclusion movement using sport, health, education, and leadership programs every day around the world to end discrimination against and empower people with intellectual disabilities. Founded in 1968, Special Olympics Hawaii has grown and now serves over 6,000 athletes and Unified partners across the State of Hawaii. Through the unwavering commitment of 10,000 volunteers, along with community supporters, corporate partners and foundations, Special Olympics Hawaii delivers 10 Olympic-type sports and over 50 competitions, hundreds of health screenings, and inclusive programming in more than 70 schools annually.