The Special Olympics Kentucky State Summer Games will return to the Eastern Kentucky University campus for the 18th consecutive year June 1 to 3. Nearly 1,300 athletes are expected to compete.
The opening ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and will include the parade of athletes; the entrance of the Special Olympics "Flame of Hope," presented by more than 100 law enforcement volunteers from throughout the state; and the lighting of the Special Olympics cauldron by Oana Warren, the 2011 Special Olympics Kentucky Athlete of the Year.
The ceremony will feature an appearance by American Idol contestant and Special Olympics Kentucky coach Lauren Mink. Mink will lead the STRIDE Choir from Winchester. She also will perform during the ceremonies and after the end of the ceremonies.
The ceremonies will be broadcast live on the SOKY-TV Web outlet at Ihigh.com/soky.
Saturday's activities conclude with the official closing ceremonies, which begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Alumni Coliseum parking lot. Closing ceremonies include the presentation of the pentathlon medals, fireworks and an athlete victory dance.
For more information, contact Special Olympics Kentucky communications director Mark Buerger at (502) 695-8222 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service recently announced that Jennifer L. Webb of Madison County has received the Governor's Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012 in "recognition of her lifelong commitment to community service at a variety of levels."
The Lifetime Achievement Award nominee must have made a substantial and sustained impact in the community as a result of her service efforts in order to be chosen.
Webb's recognition for the award was based on her commitment to community involvement in Madison County, including her leadership of the Madison County Teen Court program since 2003, her nationally recognized coordination of the Madison County Youth in Action Program for a decade, and her organization of Madison County Step Up for Kids Day since 2008.
In addition, Webb was selected by virtue of her service as a board member for the Richmond Teen Center and her leadership and service for multiple Madison County agencies designed to combat youth delinquency, illegal drug and alcohol use, and financial exploitation of the elderly.
The awards ceremony and reception will be 2 to 4 p.m. June 11 at the Governor's Mansion in Frankfort.