Hawaii Special Olympics athletes selected for games

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HONOLULU (KHON2) – Kaiser Permanente recently held its 12th annual MedFest for Special Olympics Hawaii athletes. More than 40 athletes across Oahu received free screenings for vision, height, weight, blood pressure and cardiovascular health.

Medfest is an annual event that offers physical screenings to all athletes participating in Special Olympics Hawaii. These reviews are crucial and greatly needed to ensure the safety of every athlete who participates in training and competition each year.

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Dan Epstein, president and CEO of Special Olympics Hawaii, said the event gives athletes free access to these medical exams, helping to keep them safe and healthy.

“We are extremely grateful for our partnership with Kaiser Permanente and their unwavering support at our annual MedFest events,” Epstein said. “MedFest is an important event for us because it provides our athletes with a physical examination – which is necessary to participate in our programs. The medical clearance provided by the Kaiser Permanente team ensures that our athletes are healthy and able to compete in the sports they love.

Courtesy of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii

Benjamin Chun, MD at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii MedFest, said giving back to the community is always a good thing and can be a form of inspiration for the athletes they select.

“Working with Special Olympics Hawaii athletes is a tremendous opportunity for us to give back to the community and support these inspiring athletes in achieving their health and fitness goals,” Chun said.

The Special Olympics USA Games will be held in Orlando, Florida from June 5-12, 2022. The Hawaiian delegation known as Hui ‘O Hawai’i will travel with a team of 36.

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If you would like to support them and help them get to the games, you can find more information on their website, such as choosing to donate money directly to an athlete, partner, coach or making a general donation to the team.

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