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2019 Spring Sports Season Off and Running

Special Olympics athletes across Kentucky have started our busy Spring Sports season and competition is underway in swimming and track. The season includes swimming, track and field, soccer, bocce and rhythmic gymnastics, with all participating athletes pointed toward the 2019 State Summer Games, which will be held May 31-June 2 at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.

Swimming

The 2019 Swimming season was the first to get started with the first meet held in Louisville at the Lakeside Meet at the University of Louisville on March 23. It was the first of six qualifying meets on the schedule this year. Swimming athletes are required to compete in at least two of the program’s six qualifying meets to compete in the State Summer Games.

For information about the Special Olympics Kentucky swimming program contact Hunter Brislin at 502-695-8222 or hbrislin@soky.org.

2019 Swimming Schedule
March 23
– Lakeside Swim Meet – University of Louisville
     Registration Deadline: March 12
March 30
– Transylvania Swim Meet – Transylvania University, Lexington
     Registration Deadline: March 19
April 6 – Northern Kentucky Swim Meet – Silverlake Recreation Center, Erlanger
     Registration Deadline: March 26
April 13 – Western Kentucky Swim Meet – Center for Courageous Kids; Scottsville
     Registration Deadline: April 2
April 20
– University of Louisville Swim Meet
     Registration Deadline: April 9
April 27 – Asbury University Swim Meet – Luce Center, Wilmore
     Registration Deadline: April 16

Track and Field

One of the largest of Special Olympics Kentucky’s 15 sport offerings, track and field offers an easy point of entry to Special Olympics competition for many new athletes. More than 1,500 athletes are expected to compete in track and field statewide again this year.

Special Olympics Kentucky offers eight Area Track and Field Meets across the state as qualifiers for the State Summer Games. Athletes must compete in one area meet in order to participate in the State Games.

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

2019 Track and Field Schedule
April 6 – Area 6 Spring Games – Southwestern High School, Somerset
     Registration Deadline: March 15
April 27 – Area 1 Spring Games – Murray State University
     Registration Deadline: March 29
April 27
– Area 2 Spring Games – Owensboro Middle School
     Registration Deadline: March 29
April 27 – Area 3&9 Spring Games – Johnson Central High School, Paintsville
     Registration Deadline: March 29
April 27
– Area 5 Spring Games – Warren Central High School, Bowling Green
     Registration Deadline: March 29
April 27 – Area 7 Spring Games – Lloyd High School, Erlanger
     Registration Deadline: March 29
April 27 – Area 8 Spring Games – Frederick Douglass High School, Lexington
     Registration Deadline: March 29
May 11 – Area 4 Spring Games – St. Xavier High School, Louisville
     Registration Deadline: April 19

Soccer

Soccer is the one team sport offering for Special Olympics Kentucky in the spring. More than 300 athletes compete in the sport each year.

The Special Olympics Kentucky soccer season consists of three regional tournaments that lead to the State Tournament, which is held as part of the State Summer Games. Teams must compete in at least one regional to qualify for the State Games.

For information about the Special Olympics Kentucky soccer program contact Hunter Brislin at 502-695-8222 or hbrislin@soky.org.

2019 Soccer Schedule
April 14 – Louisville Regional Tournament; E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park
April 28 – Northern Kentucky Regional Tournament, Union
May 5 – Versailles Regional Soccer Tournament; WYSA Complex, Versailles

Bocce

Bocce has been one of the fastest-growing sports in the Special Olympics Kentucky program since its introduction a little over a decade ago. The sport is only competed as part of the State Summer Games, where the competition has grown from three courts to nine.

Mirroring the Special Olympics Kentucky bowling program, bocce has become the perfect spring sport for athletes with mobility issues and older athletes who still want to participate in the State Summer Games.

For information about the Special Olympics Kentucky bocce program contact Hunter Brislin at 502-695-8222 or hbrislin@soky.org.

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Kentucky has long been a national leader in the area of Special Olympics gymnastics, with Kentucky athletes winning dozens of gold medals at the USA and World Games levels.

Rhythmic gymnastics has been competed at the State Summer Games for several years after replacing artistic gymnastics at the Games. The change allowed gymnasts to remain on the Eastern Kentucky University campus during the Games instead of having to transport off campus — as far as Lexington in many years — to find a suitable competition site.

For information about the Special Olympics Kentucky gymnastics program contact Hunter Brislin at 502-695-8222 or hbrislin@soky.org.

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