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On July 26, Owen County will host the Battle in the Bluegrass, a Grant County Special Olympics Invitational softball tournament at the Owen County Park.
The event is one of many competitions, such as track and field, soccer, bowling, flag football, basketball and cheerleading that make up the Special Olympics.
Nationwide, year-round sports training and athletic programs are offered to more than one million children and adults with intellectual disabilities. It is founded on the belief that with proper instruction, adaptation and encouragement, they can learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in sporting activities.
Currently, 19 of approximately 60 SOKY softball teams from across the state have registered for the competition.
Local SOKY Coordinator Beverly Bass and Coach Billy Brown are working with the Owen County Parks and Recreation Department with the help of volunteers to plan the event.
Brown said that the Battle in the Bluegrass has the potential to be larger than the state tournament, where generally 20 teams compete.
“We are very excited to have our athletes show off their abilities for the local communities,” Brown said.
The SOKY softball season runs June through September. Teams participate in their respective regional tournaments, organized by skill level, in order to qualify for the state tournament held in Bowing Green in September.
Kentucky is divided into nine competition areas. Athletes from Owen and Grant counties have combined to form the Grant County Fireballs. The Fireballs’ first game is at 9:10 a.m. The event is open to the public.
To financially support the Battle in the Bluegrass or volunteer, please contact Beverly Bass at 859-322-7366 or Billy Brown at 513-233-1827.