This year’s Special Olympics Area 1 Track & Field Competition is on April 28. Opening ceremonies start at 9.45am. SOKY will host 200 athletes and Unified Partners taking part in 26 competitive events. Track & Field is one of 16 sports offered by Special Olympics Kentucky.
These proud athletes have been training for months for this event and would like to invite all community members to join in celebrating their accomplishments as they compete in their various sports. Admission is free. This competition serves as a qualifying event for the Special Olympics Kentucky State Summer Games to be held on June 1-3 in Richmond.
“We will offer both developmental and traditional track events,” SOKY West Regional Director Laura Miller told me. “Developmental events are events we adapt for our wheelchair athletes and lower skilled athletes.”
Special Olympics Area 1 Track & Field Competition includes most all of the events as a traditional track & field event such as 100, 200, 400 and 800 meter relays, but they also include 15 & 25 meter relays for developmental and wheelchair participants. There are walking options for these events as well. Other wheelchair sports include slalom, shuttle relays, and an obstacle course.
It's not just running, walking and wheelchair events at the competition. There is also a softball throw, a tennis ball throw and even a full blown shot put competition. There are long and high jump events with a standing long jump for those at the entry level of this sport.
Organizers always strive to meet the needs of each individual. For every event there are adaptions for wheelchairs and visually impaired participants.
Be a Fan in the Stands!
Miller wants to promote getting more Fans In The Stands. The best part of these events is the roar of the crowd as they cheer on the athletes. Fans in the Stands is a program designed to promote unity and encourage students, friends, and families to get groups together to make posters, banners or organize pep rallies for Special Olympics athletes in their schools and communities.
For additional information about this event or how to become involved in Special Olympics please contact Laura Miller at 270.293.9054.
Unified Champion Schools
This year, the event will include an exhibition by two of the SOKY local Unified Champion Schools track teams. Unified sports teams include disabled and non- disabled students. The exhibition will feature races including a 2x50m relay, 2x200m relay, and 4x100m relay.
The Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools program is aimed at promoting social inclusion through intentionally planned and implemented activities. With sports as the foundation, the three-component model includes whole school engagement, inclusive youth leadership and unified sports. Together they offer a unique combination of effective activities that equip young people to create sports, classroom and school climates of acceptance.