More than 900 athletes and hundreds of coaches and family members participated in competitions during the 2022 Special Olympics State Summer Games at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.
South Kentucky RECC and other Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives again proudly sponsored the games, which took place June 3-5. The Summer Games included competitions in track and field, swimming, soccer, bocce, and rhythmic gymnastics.
Cooperatives provided more than 65 volunteers to help events go smoothly.
“We are proud to help make the Special Olympics State Summer Games possible and to make it an unforgettable day for the athletes,” said Doug Hutton, Member Services Manager. “We are inspired by their courage and compassion, and we are proud to support them and the communities we serve.”
This was the 10th year of partnership between Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives and Special Olympics Kentucky.
“We appreciate so much everything that Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives does to make our State Summer Games so special for our athletes and their families,” said Trish Mazzoni, President/CEO of Special Olympics Kentucky. “Everybody looks forward to seeing their team members at the track each year and the work they do to make our awards process there go smoothly is incredible.”
The state Summer Games are the Kentucky Special Olympics’ largest competition of the year. This was the 27th year of competition at Eastern Kentucky University. Each athlete qualifies through participation at a regional or area-level event.
Abigail was excited to volunteer during this year’s games but paused a moment to show off her colorful t-shirt! Photo by Doug Hutton