MedFest Returns to Louisville in October

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SOKY’s Annual Medical Fair Returns to Cardinal Stadium Oct. 20

MedFest LogoMedFest will return to Louisville in 2021! Special Olympics Kentucky is partnering with Jefferson County Public Schools for MedFest when it returns on Oct. 20. The event will be held in the Brown-Williamson Club at Louisville Cardinal Stadium.

MedFest will serve both JCPS students with disabilities and independent athletes who need to have their official Special Olympics medical form updated. Students will be bused from participating schools in the morning and arrive at Southland Christian.

While at MedFest, 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.

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A student receives a hearing test at the 2017 MedFest in Lexington.

For the fifth 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.

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

Anyone interested in registering must contact Kim Satterwhite at ksatterwhite@soky.org or 502-695-8222 in advance of 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.

MedFest got its start in Kentucky in 2005 when Special Olympics Kentucky offered its first event in Lexington. It has alternated between Louisville and Lexington, and another event has been held in conjunction with St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Boone County Schools in Northern Kentucky.

If you would like to volunteer or would like more information about MedFest or about the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Program, please contact Kim Satterwhite at 502-695-8222 or by e-mail at  ksatterwhite@soky.org.