Darren Doyle, story and photo:
The office of Judge Executive Wil Cannon has declared June "Special Olympics Month" in Edmonson County, in recognition of the rekindled program that has been dormant for many years.
Parks and Rec Program Administrator Greg Hudson restarted the program last year which has grown tremendously.
"Several years ago the program was run through the school system but it stayed inactive for many years," said Hudson. "We'll be taking five of our many athletes to compete in the state games in Richmond on June 2-4, 2017."
Hudson said for now, the Edmonson County team only competes in track and field events but they hope to add more sporting events in the future, including those in winter games.
"We're excited about the program and our volunteers, which include our school system. We're grateful they allow us to use the track," Hudson said.
The National Special Olympic games will be held in Seattle, Washington in July.
If you know someone that is interested in becoming a Special Olympic athlete or volunteer, please contact EC Parks and Rec at 270-597-9103.