Second MedFest of 2016 Coming Monday in Northern Kentucky

MedFest LogoFor the first time in several years, The second event — and the first to be held in Northern Kentucky will take place on Monday, Nov. 7, at the St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center. The Northern Kentucky event will be held in conjunction with Boone County Schools.

At that event and at the one that preceded it on Oct. 27 in Louisville, students whose parents register them before the event will bus from school in the morning to the MedFest location where they will receive a complete sports physical that qualifies them for Special Olympics competition. They will also have the opportunity to receive Opening Eyes vision screenings, Special Smiles dental screenings and Healthy Hearing screenings. All students will receive lunch before returning to school.

MedFest Dental Screening

Dental screenings and tooth brushing instruction are part of the Special Smiles stop for students at MedFest.

Also new this year, students who are interested in or planning on competing in Unified track through our partnership with the KHSAA, will be able to get their required KHSAA physical completed at the same time.

All physicals and screenings are provided free of charge and are performed by professional medical personnel who volunteer at the events. They will be assisted in some cases by students entering the medical fields.

More than 230 Jefferson County Public School students received physicals and screenings at the Louisville MedFest, held at the Brown and Williamson Club at Louisville’s Pap John’s Cardinal Stadium.

MedFest got its start in Kentucky in 2005 when Special Olympics Kentucky offered its first event in Lexington. Events have been held in Lexington and Louisville since that date.

The 2016 MedFest events are possible through the support of the WHAS Crusade for Children, Delta Dental, the Good Samaritan Foundation and St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

If you are interested in attending, would like to volunteer or would like more information about MedFest or about the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Program, please contact Kim at 800-633-7403 or e-mail at

MedFest returned to Lexington in October 2015. More than 80 Fayette County Public Schools students with special needs attended the event.

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