Special Olympians Sports Day at Roosevelt High

By: Denise Yuki

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It was a day of fun in the sun at Roosevelt High School's stadium Friday.

More than 80 Roosevelt students and about 400 special education students from O'ahu intermediate schools participated in the third annual Special Olympics Hawaii, Sports Day.

The event is a joint collaboration between Special Olympics Hawaii and Roosevelt's Peer Education program, encouraging physical fitness and community involvement for children with intellectual disabilities by giving them the opportunity to participate in sports.

"The great thing about this is that it's basically coordinated by the Peer Education students here at Roosevelt High School, so it's a combination of regular education kids and special education being put together to put on this event for all the special education kids from around O'ahu," said Special Olympics' Vice President of Sports, Dan Epstein.

"We're all here out of class and have to make-up those classes afterwards too," said Roosevelt Senior and the event's lead student coordinator, Layla Tulloch. "But I really enjoy volunteering and being able to see all these kids smiling."

All students took part in activities including obstacle courses, soccer, track and field, and softball while sharing laughs and a sense of camaraderie.

"You don't get to see this often because it's mostly the kids that are 'good' at sports that get to play on this field," said Roosevelt Senior and volunteer, Shaun Cabaias.