Winter Sports Set to Take Over

State Winter GamesThe Fall Sports season has come to an end, so athletes across the state are ramping up preparations for the upcoming Winter Sports season. Winter Sports in Kentucky consist of the State Winter Games, basketball and cheerleading.

State Winter Games

Nearly 100 athletes are expected to be on hand when the State Winter Games return to Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, Ind., to kick off the SOKY competitive year Jan. 26-28.

Athletes will compete in snowshoeing and alpine skiing at the Games. With five skiing levels and three snowshoeing distances, there is an opportunity for any athlete to compete. Ski Partner volunteers from the Cincinnati Ski Club and Louisville Ski Club are on hand to help teach athletes to ski or help them develop their skills.

For more information about how to take part in the 2020 State Winter Games, contact Kim Satterwhite at 502-695-8222 or ksatterwhite@soky.org.


Basketball continues to be by far the most popular team sport in the Special Olympics Kentucky program. The 2019 season set records with more than 1,300 athletes competing on 120 teams statewide.

The season gets underway shortly after the start of the new year, with leagues in Lexington and Louisville. There are also invitational tournaments at various locations throughout the state and three Regional Tournaments, through which teams will qualify for the State Basketball Tournament. The State Tournament will be held March 13-15 at MidAmerica Sports Complex in Louisville.

2020 Regional Basketball Tournament Schedule
Feb. 8 
– Region 1 Basketball Tournament, Bowling Green
Feb. 15 – Region 2 Basketball Tournament, Florence
Feb. 15 – Region 3 Basketball Tournament, Elizabethtown

For more information about the Special Olympics Kentucky basketball program or to find out how to join a team, contact Hunter Brislin at 502-695-8222 or via e-mail at hbrislin@soky.org.


Kentucky has been a pioneer in Special Olympics cheerleading, and Kentucky programs continue to offer cheerleading squads for athletes of all ability levels. Cheerleading squads compete in both traditional and Unified divisions. Squads are forming now and some have already begun practice.

The cheerleading season consists of two Regional Cheerleading Competitions — an East Regional and a West Regional. Teams that compete in either regional qualify for the State Cheerleading Competition.

2020 Cheerleading Schedule

Jan. 25– East Regional Cheerleading Competition; Richmond
Feb. 8 – West Regional Cheerleading Competition; Louisville
Feb. 22 – State Cheerleading Competition; Louisville

For more information about the Special Olympics Kentucky cheerleading program or about the regional and state competitions, contact Kim Satterwhite at 502-695-8222 or ksatterwhite@soky.org.



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