2018 Winter Sports Season

Winter Sports - Basketball

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

With the calendar set to turn another year, Winter Sports Season is fast approaching. 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.

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 cheerling 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.

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

More than 100 athletes are expected to take part in the 2018 State Winter Games when those Games return to Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, Ind., Jan. 21-23. This will be the 37th year for the State Winter Games and the 20th year that Perfect North has hosted the event.

Athletes will compete in snowshoeing and alpine skiing at the Games. Registrations to compete at the State Winter Games will be due in early January.

For more information or for registration information, contact Kim Satterwhite at 502-695-8222 or ksatterwhite@soky.org.


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