Special Olympics KY State Summer Games (June 2-4, 2017)

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Special Olympics Kentucky State Summer Games

The 2017 State Summer Games will return to Eastern Kentucky University for the 23rd straight year June 2-4. For information about the Games, or about how you or your company can get involved, contact Special Olympics Kentucky President and CEO Trish Mazzoni at 502-695-8222 or tmazzoni@soky.org

The Special Olympics Kentucky Summer Games is the largest competitive event of the year as competition is conducted in 5 sports: Aquatics, Bocce, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Soccer and Track & Field. The Games are traditionally held the first weekend in June and take place on a college campus. On average, 1,200 athletes participate in these Games and each has qualified through participation at a Regional or Area level event. In addition to the athletes, approximately 600 coaches and five hundred family members attend the Games.

The Games officially begin on Friday night with the Opening ceremonies, which include a Parade of Athletes, Entertainment, Reciting of the Special Olympics Oath and the culmination of the statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run.

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Competition begins early on Saturday morning and goes all day until the last heat on the track is run, the final bar lifted and the final goal is scored! When athletes are finished competing or waiting to compete, they have the opportunity to visit Olympic Town. Olympic Town is a designated area where athletes, coaches, family members, event volunteers can go to relax and enjoy musical entertainment and interactive games. Olympic Town also includes sports clinics, bingo, food, Special Smiles and Opening Eyes Healthy Athlete Programs.
By 5:00 pm competition and Olympic Town activities wrap up and the athletes are ready to celebrate the accomplishments of the day! Saturday night plays host to the Closing Ceremonies followed by the traditional Victory Dance.

For information about the Games, or about how you or your company can get involved, contact Special Olympics Kentucky President and CEO Trish Mazzoni at 502-695-8222 or tmazzoni@soky.org

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