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Family and friends make the 2017 Kentucky Special Olympics a success

Nearly 1,500 athletes and hundreds of coaches and family members participated in stirring competitions during the 2017 Special Olympics State Summer Games at EKU in Richmond.

Kentucky's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives once again proudly sponsored the games, which took place from June 2-4. The summer games included competitions in track and field, swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, bocce and flag football.

Fifty-six co-op friends and family volunteered to make it an unforgettable day. "We were truly inspired by the joy and determination of these special competitors," said Joe Settles, EKPC Manager of Member Services. "They showed courage and gave each event their best. Together with our owner-member cooperatives, we are proud to support them and our local communities."

The state summer games are the Kentucky Special Olympics' largest competition of the year. Typically, 1,200 athletes, 600 coaches and 500 family members attend. Each athlete qualifies through participation at a regional or area-level event.

The statewide summer games began with opening ceremonies that featured a parade of athletes and entertainment.

For more information, please go to Kentucky Special Olympics at www.soky.org.