For the 18th consecutive year, Eastern Kentucky University is playing host this weekend to Special Olympics Kentucky State Summer Games. More than 12 hundred special Olympic athletes are expected for the event which runs through Sunday. Festivities get underway this morning with the annual lightning of the Flame of Hope at the state of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg.
This evening participants and their families and friends will gather in E-K-U’s ravine in the heart of the campus for opening ceremonies. Competition will begin immediately after the ceremony at the track and for the first time at the school’s pool.