Fall Sports Seasons Rolls On

Bowling, Artistic Gymnastics, Flag Football and Equestrian
All Part of Fall Sports Calendar

Fall Sports - Bowling

Bowling continues to grow in the Special Olympics Kentucky program and is the most popular fall offering.

As we head into October, the Special Olympics Kentucky Fall Sports Season rolls on both literally and figuratively. Both the bowling and flag football seasons turn from training to competition as Area Bowling Tournaments take place around the state, and Flag Football Regional Tournaments get underway on Oct. 8. In all, more than 1,600 athletes will be competing throughout October on their way to the state flag football and bowling tournaments.

Area Bowling Tournaments will be held in nearly every part of the state beginning on Friday, Oct. 13, in Lexington and running until the first weekend in November. Every bowler who competes in an Area Tournament becomes eligible to compete at the State Bowling Tournament, which will be held Dec. 1-3 in Louisville. More than 1,500 athletes and Unified partners will compete in the Special Olympics bowling program this year. For the complete list of Area Bowling Tournaments, see our Facebook events page.

The flag football season begins the march to the State Tournament Oct. 8 with the Northern Kentucky Regional Flag Football Tournament at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills (Kenton County). Additional tournaments will be held on Oct. 15 at St. Xavier High School in Louisville and Oct. 22 at Centre College in Danville. Teams competing in any one regional tournament qualify to compete at the State Flag Football Tournament that will be held in November.

Flag football is the most recent team sport addition to the Special Olympics Kentucky program. It was added to the calendar in 2009 and became an official sport in 2010. Last year more than 300 athletes competed in flag football on 28 teams.

Fall Sports - gymnastics

Kentucky has long been a national leader in Special Olympics gymnastics.

The State Artistic Gymnastics Competition is a one-day event which will be held at Legacy Gymnastics in Lexington on Sunday, Nov. 19. Most of the athletes who compete at the event train with special needs gymnastics programs in northern Kentucky, Lexington, Louisville and Russellville, but athletes can train and register as individuals. Five of the gymnasts who will compete that day have been announced as members of the Team Kentucky delegation that will compete at the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle in July 2018.

The Special Olympics Kentucky State Equestrian Competition has already completed. It was held on Saturday, September 9, at Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. The competition annually brings together athletes from several different therapeutic riding programs throughout the state. Training usually takes place through these riding programs; however, athletes can also train on their own and register for the event. The Equestrian Competition is a one-day event that includes dressage, equitation, working trails and prix caprilli classes in both assisted and unassisted categories.

For more information about how to get involved in the bowling, equestrian or artistic gymnastics programs, contact Amanda Wade at awade@soky.org. For information about flag football, contact Hunter Brislin at hbrislin@soky.org. Both can be reached at 502-695-8222.


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