Summer Sports Season is On the Horizon

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Summer Sports Season is On the Horizon

Whether you’ve participated in Special Olympics for 20 years or if you are just looking to join the program, now is the time to start making plans for our 2022 Summer Sports season. Our summer season consists of softball and golf and like all Special Olympics programs, there are opportunities for everyone from beginners to experienced players.

Our softball season consists of leagues in Louisville and Central Kentucky, several locally produced invitational tournament and scrimmages in other communities. All of those events prepare teams to compete in one of three regional tournaments to qualify to compete at the State Softball Tournament. Teams begin practicing in June and games and leagues start in July. The regional tournaments are held in Paducah, Georgetown and Louisville. State Softball Tournament weekend will be Sept. 9-11 at Buchanon Park in Bowling Green. State Tournament weekend includes both the State Tournament and the Team Skills Competition for teams that don’t qualify for the State Tournament, but still want to take part in the excitement of the weekend.

Our golf season offers play in three skill levels: Individual Skills, which measures an individual’s ability to hit six different golf shots with a score assigned to each result; 9-Hole Unified Alternate Shot, which pairs a Special Olympics athlete with a partner who does not have an intellectual disability to practice and compete; and 9-Hole Individual Stroke Play, where each player plays their own ball throughout the round. The season includes a series of clinics in Louisville, Lexington, Murray and Northern Kentucky followed by regional qualifying tournaments. Regional tournaments are held in Elizabethtown and Northern Kentucky and any golfer or Unified team who participates in at least one regional will qualify to play in the State Golf Tournament at Quail Chase Golf Course in Louisville in August.

For more information about our summer sports season, contact Kim Satterwhite at ksatterwhite@soky.org or 502-695-8222.

2022 Softball Season
Aug. 6 – Region 1 Tournament; Lone Oak Park, Paducah
Aug. 12-13 – Region 2 Tournament; Marshall Park, Georgetown
Aug. 19-20 – Region 3 Tournament; Lyndon Recreation Complex, Louisville
Sept. 9-11 – State Softball Tournament; Buchanon Park, Bowling Green

2022 Golf Season
July 10 – Northern Kentucky Regional Tournament; Pioneer Course, Independence
July 17 – Elizabethtown Regional Tournament; Elizabethtown Country Club
TBA – State Tournament; Quail Chase Golf Course, Louisville

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