2018 Winter Sports Season

Winter Sports - Basketball

Basketball is the largest team sports program on the Special Olympics Kentucky calendar.

Special Olympics athletes across the state will hit the ground running and jumping and skiing and snowshoeing as the winter sports season gets our competition calendar underway. The Special Olympics Kentucky winter sports season consists of basketball, cheerleading and the State Winter Games, and while the Winter Games produce the first state competition, the time to get involved in basketball or cheerleading is now.


Basketball teams are already forming throughout the state. Last year, basketball was by far the most popular team sport in the Special Olympics Kentucky program with more than 1,300 athletes competing on 120 teams statewide last year.

The basketball season will once again consist of leagues in Lexington and Louisville, invitational tournaments at various locations throughout the state and three Regional Tournaments, through which teams will qualify for the State Basketball Tournament, which will be held March 9-11 at MidAmerica Sports Complex in Louisville.

2018 Regional Basketball Tournament  Schedule

Feb. 10 – Region 1 Basketball Tournament; Bowling  Green
Feb. 10 – Region 3 Basketball Tournament; Elizabethtown
Feb. 17 – Region 2 Basketball Tournament; Florence

For more information about the Special Olympics Kentucky basketball program, contact Hunter Brislin at 502-695-8222 or via e-mail at hbrislin@soky.org.


Kentucky has been a pioneer in Special Olympics cheerleading, and Kentucky programs continue to offer cheerleading squads for athletes of all ability levels. This year, close to 20 cheerleading squads are expected to compete in both traditional and Unified division. Squads are forming now and some have already begun practice.

The cheerleading season consists of two Regional Cheerleading Competitions — an East Regional and a West Regional. Teams that compete in either regional qualify for the State Cheerleading Competition.

2018 Cheerleading Schedule

Jan. 27 – East Regional Cheerleading Competition; Lexington
Feb. 10 – West Regional Cheerleading Competition; Louisville
Feb. 17 – State Cheerleading Competition; Louisville

For more information about the Special Olympics Kentucky cheerleading program or about the regional and state competitions, contact Kim Satterwhite at 502-695-8222 or ksatterwhite@soky.org.

State Winter Games

Nearly 100 athletes took to the slopes at the State Winter Games Jan. 21-23 at Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, Ind. The Winter Games kicked off the state-level competition portion of the winter sports season as well as the program’s celebration of the Special Olympics global 50th Anniversary.

Athletes competed in snowshoeing and alpine skiing at the Games.

For more information about how to take part in the 2019 State Winter Games, contact Kim Satterwhite at 502-695-8222 or ksatterwhite@soky.org.


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