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Special Olympics Kentucky
Special Olympics is an international program of year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than one million children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Chapters are established in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. About 25,000 communities in the United States have Special Olympics programs. Through the Special Olympics Model School District programs, public school districts include Special Olympics in their physical education curriculum and provide extracurricular and interscholastic sports to elementary and secondary students with intellectual disabilities. The Special Olympics Mega-Cities program coordinates Special Olympics training and competition in schools, community recreation programs, group homes, and institutions in 11 large metropolitan areas.
Special Olympics provides year-round training … and competition in 30 official sports. Special Olympics has developed and tested training programs that are outlined in a Sports Skills Guide for each sport. More than 300,000 qualified coaches train Special Olympics athletes
SOKY Summer Games:
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, Flag Football 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.
Special Olympics Kentucky offers training and competition opportunities in 15 sports. Sports are listed on their website with the corresponding SOKY Sport Season. (See Games & Competitions for registration information).