MedFest Events Coming to Lexington and Erlanger in October

SOKY To Hold Two MedFest Events Again in 2017

MedFest LogoFor the second time in as many years, Special Olympics Kentucky will once again host two MedFest events in 2017. The first of the two will be held on Thursday, October 19, in Lexington. The second will take place on, Tuesday, October 31, in Northern Kentucky.

The Lexington MedFest will once again be held in conjunction with Fayette County Public Schools. This year, the Lexington MedFest will find a new home for the first time. Southland Christian Church’s Richmond Road Campus will host the event after all previous Lexington MedFests had been held at the University of Kentucky’s Memorial Coliseum. Fayette County students who qualify and whose parents register them to take part will be bused from their school to Southland Christian that morning and returned to their schools before dismissal.

The Northern Kentucky event will be the second ever MedFest held in that area. It will again be hosted at the St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center in Erlanger and will include students from the Boone County School District.

2016 Northern Kentucky MedFest

A Boone County student receives a Special Smiles dental screening at the first Northern Kentucky MedFest in 2016.

While at both MedFest events, athletes will receive a sports physical and can also receive Special Smiles dental screenings, Opening Eyes vision screenings and Healthy Hearing screenings. The sports physical meets the requirements of the Special Olympics medical waiver and qualifies the participating students to compete in Special Olympics activities, though Special Olympics participation is not required to attend MedFest.

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

MedFest registration forms are available through the schools and must be returned to teachers by September 15 to participate.

Students will also be served lunch and have other activities available throughout their time at the event.

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.

Last year, more than 300 students received free MedFest screenings at events in Erlanger and Louisville.

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 2017 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  ksatterwhite@soky.org.

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