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Sign Up Now for Fall Sports Seasons

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.

Even with the summer sports season winding down, now is the time for interested athletes to sign up for the four sports that make up the Special Olympics Kentucky fall sports season.

Bowling is one of the most accessible sports on the Special Olympics calendar and provides a great entry point for athletes new to Special Olympics. Bowling has become the second most popular sport in the program trailing only track and field and there is a bowling program in or near just about every community in the state.

The bowling season consists of practices leading up to Area Bowling Tournaments. Bowlers must complete and turn in scores for at least eight games to be eligible to compete in one of the eight Area Tournaments that are held throughout the  state. All bowlers who take part in an Area Tournament are eligible to compete at the State Bowling Tournament, which will be held Dec. 1-3 in Louisville.

Teams are beginning practice now for the 2017 flag football season. 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.

The flag football season consists of three Regional Flag Football Tournaments — usually in Louisville, Danville and Northern Kentucky. All teams that participate in at least one regional tournament qualify to compete in the State Flag Football Tournament which will be held in early November. Athletes must be signed up and placed with a team no later than September 21.

The requirements for the artistic gymnastics and equestrian program are slightly different.

Fall Sports - gymnastics

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

The Special Olympics Kentucky State Equestrian Competition will be held on Saturday, September 9, at Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. The competition 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.

Like the equestrian competition, the State Artistic Gymnastics Competition is a one-day event which is held in Lexington in November. Most of the athletes who compete at the event train with special needs gymnastics programs in northern Kentucky, Lexington, Louisville and Russellville, but again athletes can train and register as individuals. Kentucky has long been a leader in Special Olympics gymnastics programs and our athletes regularly perform well at World and USA Games events.

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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