Lexington, Ky. – Nearly 300 Special Olympics athletes representing 27 teams from throughout Kentucky are set to hit the gridiron Saturday at Lexington Catholic High School when that school hosts the Special Olympics Kentucky State Flag Football Tournament for the first time. Teams will be competing for titles in eight divisions.
Games get underway at 9 am and continue through 3:15 pm at Joseph K. Ford Stadium on the Lexington Catholic campus.
“We are proud and honored to partner with Special Olympics Kentucky to host this year’s state flag football tournament,” said Brad Carter, Athletics Director of Lexington Catholic High School. “It is humbling to watch these athletes compete, and we feel blessed to be able support them.”
Lexington Catholic has a long history of support for Special Olympics athletes. The school has held regular dances for Special Olympics athletes at the school and last year hosted a bowling party for Special Olympics.
This will be just the second official stand-alone State Flag Football Tournament in Special Olympics Kentucky history. Flag football was added as a demonstration sport in Kentucky in 2010 and joined the program as a medal sport in 2011. The previous state tournaments had all been held as part of the Special Olympics Kentucky State Summer Games. Last year, the Tournament was held at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills .
There will be teams competing in the State Tournament from Bowling Green, Frankfort, Grant County, Lexington, Louisville, Northern Kentucky, Richmond and Russellville. All teams were required to compete in one of three regional tournaments held earlier this year in order to compete in the State Tournament.
Spectators are welcome at all game sessions and there is no cost for admission.
For more information about the Special Olympics Kentucky State Softball Tournament, contact Hunter Brislin, Special Olympics Kentucky Program Director at (800) 633-7403.