Special Olympics softball tourney this weekend in Georgetown

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ)More than 260 Special Olympics Kentucky athletes on 19 teams will hit the fields at Marshall Park in Georgetown on Saturday, Aug. 14, for the 2021 Special Olympics Kentucky Region 2 Softball Tournament.

Each of the teams will be looking to reach the organization’s State Tournament, which will be held in Bowling Green Sept. 10-12.

Of the 19 teams competing in five divisions at the Region 2 Tournament, nine will earn berths in the State Tournament.

Games get underway at 9 am on Saturday and will run consistently through 3 pm.

Games may start as late as 4:30 depending on outcomes of games in double elimination brackets.

Of the 19 teams, 11 are from central Kentucky, including teams from Frankfort, Lexington, Madison County, Scott County and Winchester. Other teams will come from Grant County and Northern Kentucky.

While Special Olympics Kentucky was able to hold some softball competition last year, the extent of the softball season was curtailed by the COVID 19 pandemic. All regional tournaments and the official state tournament were cancelled a year ago, making this the first Region 2 Tournament in two years.

Softball continues to be one of the most popular Special Olympics Kentucky sports offerings in the state with more than 850 athletes competing on 55 teams statewide.

Teams compete throughout the state in leagues and invitational and regional tournaments, all leading up to the State Softball Tournament in September. Regional Tournaments determine 30 of the teams that advance to the State Tournament.

Teams that do not qualify for the State Tournament have the option of participating in the Team Skills Competition, which is also held in Bowling Green in conjunction with the State Tournament.

For information about the Special Olympics Kentucky Regional Softball Tournament, contact Hunter Brislin, Director of Sports and Competitions, at 502-695-8222 or hbrislin@soky.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 began as a one-day event in Louisville in 1970 and has expanded to serve more than 10,000 athletes statewide annually. Special Olympics celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the global movement in 2018.

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