The Special Olympics Kentucky team continues preparation for the US games this weekend

The athletes will be at the Richmond training camp

RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – For the first time since the team was named in mid-2021, the 60 athletes, unified partners and coaches that make up Team Kentucky for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games will come together at the same place this weekend.

According to Mark Buerger, director of communications for Special Olympics Kentucky, the team will meet March 18-20 in Richmond for Team Kentucky training camp. The camp is designed to give athletes the opportunity to get to know each other and athletes who live in different areas of the state than their USA Games coaches to get to know their coaches and train with their teammates. from USA Games. It also provides a test for athletes and coaches to live in a setting that approximates what they will be in at the USA Games.

Organizers say each of the eight athletic delegations that will represent Kentucky at the USA Games will practice on Saturday.

The Kentucky team includes athletes and unified partners from across Kentucky including Alexandria, Almo, Benton, Bowling Green, Calvert City, Crestwood, Dexter, Elizabethtown, Finchville, Franklin, Gilbertsville, Glasgow, Hawesville, Lexington, Louisville, Murray, Newport, Ohio County, Olive Hill, Rockport, Russellville, Shepherdsville, Union and Versailles.

The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games, scheduled for June 5-12, 2022 in Orlando, Florida, will bring together more than 5,500 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the Caribbean at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games. The USA Games will feature 19 sports from Olympic-style team and individual, including athletics (track and field), basketball, bocce, bowling, cheerleading, equestrian, flag football, golf, gymnastics, open water swimming, powerlifting, football, softball, stand up paddleboarding, surfing, swimming, tennis, triathlon and volleyball.

Special Olympics Kentucky organizers say the state has had tremendous success at the US National Games. At Seattle 2018, 45 Kentucky athletes won a program record of 50 medals, including 20 gold medals. In 2014, 48 athletes from Team Kentucky combined to win 36 medals including 18 gold. The 2010 Team Kentucky group consisted of 39 athletes and won 34 medals, including 10 gold medals. The 2006 National Games team saw 42 athletes win 42 medals, including 18 gold medals.

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.

Special Olympics celebrated its 50th anniversary worldwideand birthday in 2018.

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