The Sneaker Ball

2016 Sneaker Ball

Celebrate the Champion in all of us at the 2016 Sneaker Ball

2015 Sneaker Ball Shoes

Stylishly comfortable footwear is the order of the day at the Sneaker Ball.

“Nike” isn’t a response you generally hear to “What are you wearing” on the red carpet, but at the Sneaker Ball, that’s par for the course. So are Adidas, New Balance, Converse and more. This year the Sneaker Ball will return to the Seelbach Hotel in Downtown Louisville on Saturday, Nov. 12.

To solidify with an initiative started three years ago when attendees were asked to wear athletic shoes as a sign of camaraderie with Special Olympics athletes, the annual Special Olympics Kentucky gala was rebranded as The Sneaker Ball a year ago. The change has been universally popular.

The fun and sporty night begins with a cocktail hour that starts at 6:00 pm. The silent auction tables will also open at that time. A sit-down dinner and the event program begins at 7:30 with the live auction beginning at 8:15.

With your help the Sneaker Ball will raise funds for year-round sports, health and education programs benefitting thousands of children and adults with intellectual disabilities across the state.

At 9 pm, the after party kicks in with live music from Sneaker Ball favorites Caribou.

The Sneaker Ball is a fun way to entertain clients or reward employees, and tables or tickets are available at levels that can fit any personal or corporate budget.

SOKY athletes at the 2015 Sneaker Ball

Our athletes are always on hand to rub elbows at the Sneaker Ball.

Even if you can’t join us at The Seelbach, you can still get involved in the fun. We will once again be selling “Golden Tickets” that will give the winner their choice of live auction packages. Just before the live auction we’ll draw the winner and pull their selected package from the auction. Only 150 will be sold and the winner will get the first choice of the live auctions items before it goes on the block. If not in attendance you will be able to designate a package when you purchase the ticket or as soon as the complete list is available. Tickets will be available on-line soon.

You can also bid remotely on the silent auction items as soon as the auction goes live and throughout the evening of the event at

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We hope you join us for one of the most fun, exciting nights of the SOKY year. For more information, contact Jennifer McMahon at 502-695-8222 or

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