Special Olympics Haggan Exhibition a success

The first Annual "Special Olympics Haggan Exhibition" was held last Saturday. (PNC photo by Julianne Hernandez)

In partnership with Special Olympics Guam and Custom Fitness, the District Court of Guam, Judiciary of Guam, and the Guam Bar Association Law Month Committee hosted their first Annual “Special Olympics Haggan Exhibition” last Saturday.

As part of the Law Month events, Special Olympic athletes partnered up with judges, lawyers, marshals, probation officers, and court staff, via a blind drawing and completed a series of simple exercises.

District Court of Guam Lawyer Representative Cynthia Ecube says they normally partner with kids from GDOE and private schools for the Haggan Exhibition activities, doing mock trial events.

Two years ago, they started to expand and include other non-profit organizations, stakeholders, and departments such as the Department of Youth Affairs and Special Olympics Guam

“Special Olympics is such an important organization in our community and we felt it was important to include the students within that group. So rather than focusing internally within our group, we really reached out to our local community,” Ecube said.

District Court of Guam Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood, who participated in the event, says that she learned so much not just about the athletes but from the athletes themselves.

“We take for granted that all children can just be so normal about every little thing. These children are just not only more excited than a child that is not a special olympian but these are not normal events for them. And so Asha told me this is the first time she did the row, right Asha? So she was so excited and for her to just reach that milestone, I think, is such an accomplishment for her. And it’s consistent with the mission of the Special Olympics which we want to embrace,” Tydingco-Gatewood said.

The next event will be the 13th Annual Race Judicata Virtual 5k event.

It started on April 24 and will end on May 16 and can be virtually submitted from any location, including a treadmill.

It’s $10 to register with a tote bag giveaway to the first 300 registrants. Raffle prizes will be given away.

Proceeds will benefit I Familian I Kotte and Island Girl Power