Statewide competitions are considered the state championships in those sports. All athletes must have completed a season-long training program, met delegation, Area, and State training requirements, and competed in either Area or Regional competitions to advance to state competition.
The Summer Games is held at the University of Hawaii over Memorial Day weekend. This event features 3 days of competition for more 700 athletes in Track & Field (Athletics), Swimming (Aquatics), Powerlifting, and Softball (includes Unified® Softball, Coach Pitch, T-Ball, and Individual Skills). The Summer Games marks the end of the Spring season. Over 1,500 volunteers are needed.
The Aukake Classic:
The Aukake Classic is held on the third weekend in August at Waiau District Park in Pearl City. Competition included 5-a-side Traditional and Unified Soccer tournaments, Individual Skills Soccer and Traditional and Unified® Bocce Doubles competition. The Aukake Classic marks the end of the Summer season. Thank you to hundreds of volunteers who assist at this event.
The Holiday Classic:
The Holiday Classic is held in December at both Hickam Air Force Base and the Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base. This event includes a multi-division 3 day Basketball tournament and Individual Skills Competition, Singles, Doubles and Unified® Team Bowling competitions, and traditional and Unified® Doubles Bocce tournaments. The Holiday Classic marks the end of the Fall season.
Regional Competitions also offers numerous regional (multi-Area) competitions. Neighbor Island Regional Competitions, open to athletes from the Big Island, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and Kauai, are partially funded by the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. They include a Swim Meet in Maui, Softball Tournament in Maui, a Basketball Tournament in Hilo, and a Powerlifting competition in Kona.
To learn more, visit Special Olympics Hawaii Web site at www.specialolympicshawaii.org.