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Summer Games Return to EKU June 3-4

Special Olympics Kentucky returns to its “Home Away from Home,” when the State Summer Games heads back to Eastern Kentucky University this June.

While this year’s Games will still be abbreviated slightly, competition will be held on two days — Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4. A limited amount of competition in bocce, track and swimming will take place on June 3, earlier in the evening than in standard years. All five Summer Games sports — track and field, swimming, soccer, bocce and rhythmic gymnastics — will be held on Saturday.

There will be a brief Opening Ceremony in the Commonwealth Parking Lot near the track prior to competition on Friday night.

The Games will also include Olympic Town and the Healthy Athletes Wellness Village. Olympic Town is a festival-style area where athletes can enjoy games and activities when they aren’t competing. This year, the Healthy Athletes Wellness Village will only offer Opening Eyes vision screenings with the opportunity for athletes to receive free eyeglasses if needed.

Look for a pre-Games hype video on the Special Olympics Kentucky Facebook page and YouTube page on Thursday, June 2.

More than 800 athletes are expected to take part.

See Photos from the 2021 State Summer Games

Volunteers are needed to help operate the Games. For volunteer opportunities, contact Kelli Firquin at 502-695-8222 or kfirquin@soky.org.

This is the 10th consecutive year that Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives has served as the Platinum Sponsor for the Games, making Touchstone Energy the largest single supporter of the State Summer Games. In addition, Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy has signed on as the official water sponsor for the year for Special Olympics Kentucky. In that role they will provide all of the bottled water for volunteers and each athlete, coach and volunteer lunch will have a bottle of water provided by Touchstone.

This will be the seventh year that Chick-fil-A Central Kentucky stores are teaming up to provide all lunches for athletes, coaches and volunteers on the day of the Games.

For information about the 2022 Special Olympics Kentucky State Summer Games, contact Special Olympics Kentucky President/CEO Trish Mazzoni at 502-695-8222 or via e-mail at tmazzoni@soky.org.

The 2022 Special Olympics Kentucky State Summer Games are made possible through the generosity of platinum sponsor Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, Special Olympics Kentucky year-round partners Texas Roadhouse and Toyota; Gold Olympic Town sponsor Chick-fil-A; Gold Sponsors Eastern Kentucky University, the Knights of Columbus, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Kentucky and Walmart; Silver Sponsors Dever Golf Cars, Lockheed Martin, Richmond Tourism and Southland Dairy Farmers; Bronze Sponsors the City of Richmond, Greentree Forest Products, LBX Company, Penske Truck Rental and Whitaker Bank.

Games Sponsors
Platinum Sponsor
Olympic Town
Gold Sponsor
Gold Sponsors
Knights of Columbus
Law Enforcement Torch Run
Year-Round Partners
Texas Roadhouse
Silver Sponsors
Dever
Richmond Tourism
Bronze Sponsors
City of Richmond
Waste Connections
Whitaker Bank