Special Olympics Hawaii offers year-round sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Over 2,100 Special Olympics athletes and Unified Partners, from around the state, benefit from participation in the program.
Training and competition opportunities are available for every athlete, regardless of gender, age or ability. No matter what their ability level may be, athletes can benefit from Special Olympics. Special Olympics Hawaii offers training and competition in 9 sports and conducts over 40 competitions annually, including 3 Statewide competitions. Athletes receive training conducted by over 350 certified coaches.
SOHI Official sports are divided over 3 seasons. Official sports are offered statewide and include training, Area or Regional competition, and competition at one of the three state games which are the culmination of each season. (See Games and Competition for more information.)
Special Olympics Hawaii offers Unified Sports® events in Track & Field, Softball, Soccer, Bocce, and Bowling. Unified® events allow athletes with intellectual disabilities to train & compete together with persons without intellectual disabilities, called Special Partners.
Official Sports offered are as follows. For sport-specific information, rules, and events click on one of the sports below. For State competition information click on one of the seasons below.
Summer Games Season
Aukake Classic Season
Holiday Classic Season
Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports.
Special Olympics believes that consistent training is essential to the development of sports skills, and that competition among those of equal abilities is the most appropriate means of testing these skills, measuring progress and providing incentives for personal growth.
Special Olympics believes that through sports training and competition, people with intellectual disabilities benefit physically, mentally, socially and spiritually; families are strengthened; and the community at large, both through participation and observation, is united in understanding people with intellectual disabilities in an environment of equality, respect and acceptance.
For more information regarding sports, coaching, Competitions, Sports resources, or Unified Sports please click on the appropriate link below.