Saturday, April 30 will be a busy day for Northern Kentucky Special Olympics athletes with the Zone 7 Track and Field Meet and Northern Kentucky Swim Meet being held in Erlanger.
The Zone 7 track and field meet will be held at Lloyd High School. The meet includes over 60 athletes from Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Grant, Kenton and Pendleton counties. The event kicks off with the opening ceremonies, including the parade of athletes, at 9:45 a.m. The competition starts at 10:00 a.m.
This is the third of four weekends in the Special Olympics area track and field season, which ends May 14 in Louisville. The Zone 7 track and field meet is one of eight regional track and field meets held across the state this year. In total, more than 700 athletes with intellectual disabilities from across the state will compete in regional track and field competitions, making track and field the largest participation event in the Special Olympics program in Kentucky.
The Northern Kentucky swim meet will be held at the Silverlake Recreation Center in Erlanger. Opening ceremonies begin at 3 p.m. and events begin at 3:15 p.m. The more than 120 athletes from across the state competing in the competition include Union’s Maddie Brinkman. Brinkman is one of four swimmers who will represent the state as part of Team Kentucky at the 2022 Special Olympics USA, July 5-11, in Orlando, Florida. US Games swimmer Justin Hale – who lives in Crestwood but trains with the Northern Kentucky Dolphins swim team will also compete.
Participants in both events automatically qualify to compete in the Kentucky State Special Olympics Summer Games to be held June 3-4 at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. Swimmers must compete in two of the program’s six swim meets during the season to qualify for the State Summer Games.
For more information on either event, contact Kim Satterwhite, Vice President of Field and Athlete Services for Special Olympics Kentucky at 800-633-7403 or email [email protected] .org.
Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports training and competition program for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Participation in the competitions is open to all persons aged eight or over. Training and competition in local, regional, state and national programs are offered year-round in Kentucky in 15 sports. In addition to its traditional athletic competitions, Special Olympics also offers early childhood programs through the Young Athletes Program and medical screenings through the Healthy Athletes initiative. Special Olympics Kentucky began as a one-day event in Louisville in 1970 and has grown to serve more than 8,300 athletes statewide each year. Special Olympics celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018.
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