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Special Olympics Kentucky’s flag football starts on Sunday with regional tournament

Competition in the 2017 Special Olympics Kentucky flag football season will get underway on Sunday, October 8, when more than 125 athletes on 11 teams compete at the Northern Kentucky Regional Flag Football Tournament at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills. Teams will compete for regional titles in three divisions.

Games start at 11 a.m. and will run consistently through 4 p.m.

Four teams from Northern Kentucky will be competing. Other teams will come from Lexington, Louisville and Madison County.

This is the first of three Regional Tournaments that Special Olympics Kentucky will hold this flag football season. The next will be in Louisville on October 15. The final regional tournament will be held in Danville on October 22. Teams that compete in a regional tournament will be eligible to play in the State Flag Football Tournament, which will be held in November.

Flag Football is the newest team sport in the Special Olympics Kentucky program, having been added as an exhibition sport in 2009 and as a medal-awarding sport in 2010. It has seen a rapid rise in popularity.

For more information about the Special Olympics Kentucky Northern Kentucky Regional Flag Football Tournament, contact Hunter Brislin, Program Director and Coach Education Coordinator, 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 8,300 athletes statewide annually. Special Olympics has now been changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities in Kentucky for 47 years.

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