Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - Updated: 2:04 AM
The Special Olympics Kentucky Area 1 Spring Games will be held Saturday, April 22, on the Stewart Stadium track at Murray State University in Murray. The Area 1 meet includes nearly 150 athletes from Caldwell, Calloway, Christian, Crittenden, Graves, Hopkins, Livingston, Marshall, McCracken and Trigg counties. The event Opening Ceremonies, including the parade of athletes, will take place at 9:30 a.m. The track and field competition begins at 10:15 a.m.
This is the second of five weekends of the Special Olympics Area Track and Field season, which concludes May 13 in Louisville. The Area 1 Track and Field Meet is one of eight regional track and field 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 Spring Games automatically qualify to compete in the Special Olympics Kentucky State Summer Games to be held June 2-4 at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.
For more information about the Area 1 Spring Games or about the Special Olympics track and field program, contact Special Olympics Kentucky Western Regional Director Laura Miller at 270-293-9054 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 47 years.