PAINTSVILLE – The Special Olympics Kentucky area track and field meet will be held at Johnson Central High School on Saturday. The area meet will include nearly 170 athletes from a 23-county area that covers much of Eastern Kentucky, stretching from Maysville to Pikeville. Floyd County Special Olympians will be among the participants. The event will begin with opening ceremonies, including the parade of athletes, at 9:45 a.m. The competition will begin at 10:15. This is the fifth consecutive year that Johnson Central High School has hosted the meet.
This is the second of four weekends of the Special Olympics Spring Games season, which concludes May 14 in Louisville. The Area Track and Field Meet is one of eight meets held statewide this year. In all, more than 1,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities throughout the state will participate in regional track and field competitions, making track and field the largest participation event in the Special Olympics program in Kentucky.
Participants in the Area Track and Field Meet automatically qualify to compete in the Special Olympics Kentucky State Summer Games to be held June 3-7 at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.
For more information about the Area Spring Games or about the Special Olympics track and field program, contact Special Olympics Kentucky Senior Director of Programs and Field Services Kim Satterwhite at 800-633-7403 or send an email to [email protected]
Special Olympics is the world’s largest program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Participation in competitive events is open to all individuals eight years of age or older. Training and competition in local, area, state, and national programs is offered year-round in Kentucky in 15 sports. In addition to its traditional sports competitions, Special Olympics also offers early childhood programming through the Young Athletes Program and medical screenings though the Healthy Athletes Initiative. Special Olympics Kentucky has been changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities in Kentucky for 46 years.