KPD awards Special Olympics medals

  • Kaua‘i Police Department / Contributed photo

    Athlete Anthony Garma is presented with a Special Olympics medal.

LIHU‘E — Last month, law-enforcement officers from around the state surprised Special Olympics Hawai‘i athletes at their homes to award them with medals earned at the virtual Holiday Fitness Classic.

Officers from the Hawai‘i Police Department, Honolulu Police Department, Kaua‘i Police Department and Maui Police Department presented a total of 284 awards outside of athletes’ homes, while following full safety precautions including wearing face masks and social distancing, following the completion of the competition.

Over 100 athletes from across the state competed virtually in the Holiday Fitness Classic, in events that included planks, squats and side-to-side lateral hops, along with events designed for those with limited mobility, including air punches and shoulder presses.

During the competition, Special Olympics Hawai‘i used Zoom breakout rooms, as well as volunteer officials, for its athletes to compete simultaneously in multiple divisions. To qualify for the virtual Holiday Fitness Classic, athletes were required to train for two months and participate in regional competitions.

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