RICHMOND, Ky. — More than 1,000 athletes and hundreds of coaches and family members participated in competitions during the 2023 Special Olympics State Summer Games at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.
Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives again proudly sponsored the games, which took place June 2-4. The Summer Games included competitions in track and field, soccer, bocce and rhythmic gymnastics.
Cooperatives provided more than 80 volunteers to help events go smoothly. During the morning, athletes were treated to tethered hot air balloon rides, courtesy of Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives.
“We are proud to help make the Special Olympics State Summer Games possible and to make it an unforgettable day for the athletes,” said Sha Phillips, Marketing & Brand Supervisor. “Their courage and compassion inspire us, and we proudly support them and the communities we serve.”
This was the 11th year of partnership between Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives and Special Olympics Kentucky.
“We appreciate 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 their work to make our awards process go smoothly is incredible.”
The state Summer Games are the Kentucky Special Olympics’ largest competition of the year. This was the 28th year of competition at Eastern Kentucky University. Each athlete qualifies through participation in a regional or area-level event.