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Fall Sports Season Gets Early Start in 2019

The 2019 Fall Sports Season will get one of its earliest starts in program history this year when the State Equestrian Competition finds both a new date and a new home this year. Fall sports provide a wide range of opportunities for athletes and volunteers alike and include our smallest and largest sports offerings of the year.

Equestrian

The State Equestrian Competition will officially open the 2019 fall sports season when it moves to August from its usual September date and from Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park to Lakeside Arena in Frankfort. The event includes athletes from therapeutic riding organizations from across Kentucky showing their horsemanship skills in dressage, English and Western Equitation, working trails and showmanship classes.

See Photos From the 2018 State Equestrian Competition

For more information about the Special Olympics Kentucky equestrian program, contact Nick McKenzie at 502-695-8222 or nmckenzie@soky.org.

Bowling

Bowling Season

Bowling is one of our most popular sports with more than 1,500 athletes and coaches taking part statewide.

Bowling is by far the most popular Special Olympics Kentucky fall sports offering. More than 1,500 athletes and Unified partners take part in our bowling season each year statewide. Bowlers practice throughout August and September with Area Bowling Tournaments held throughout the state in October and early November. Athletes submit an eight-game average to compete in their local Area Tournament. Every bowler must compete in an Area Tournament to be eligible to bowl at the State Tournament, which will be held Dec. 6-8 in Louisville.

For more information about the Special Olympics Kentucky bowling program, contact Nick McKenzie at 502-695-8222 or nmckenzie@soky.org.

2019 Bowling Schedule
Area 1 – October19-20, Paducah
Area 2 – October 26, Owensboro
Area 3 & 9 – October 12, Prestonsburg
Area 4 – October 26-27, Louisville
Area 5 – October 19, Bowling Green
Area 6 – October 19, Richmond
Area 7 – November 2, Erlanger
Area 8 – October 11 & 13, Lexington

Flag Football

Flag Football

Our flag football program continues to grow, with teams located in cities across the state.</center?

Flag Football remains one of the fastest growing sports offerings on the Special Olympics Kentucky calendar. Last year nearly 350 athletes competed on 31 teams from across the state. Teams will begin practice soon to prepare for three Regional Tournaments that will take place in October. Every team has to compete in at least one Regional Tournament to qualify for the State Tournament, which will be held in November 10.

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

Artistic Gymnastics

Like the equestrian program, the Special Olympics Kentucky State Artistic Gymnastics Competition is a one-day event, usually held in November in Lexington, KY. Gymnasts compete at one of four levels from beginner to expert in all the traditional gymnastics apparatus – floor exercise, vault, balance beam and uneven bars for women and floor exercise, rings, pommel horse, parallel bars and vault for men. Kentucky has long been a leader in Special Olympics gymnastics and our athletes have been incredible successful at World and USA Games events. Kentucky gymnasts were profiled on ESPN during the 2018 USA Games and gymnast Lee Dockins of Russellville is featured in a Special Olympics exhibit currently on display at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History.

Athletes train with local coaches to prepare for the State Competition.

For more information about the Special Olympics Kentucky gymnastics program or for information about local gyms and coaches, contact Nick McKenzie at 502-695-8222 or nmckenzie@soky.org.

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