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Extension class teaches teens with Down syndrome important skills with ‘Teen Cuisine’ series

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Olivia Miller put in her request the minute she arrived at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension office for the fifth lesson in the Teen Cuisine series. She wanted to make Frappuccinos, she told Jacqui Denegri. She really wanted to make Frappuccinos. Denegri, University of Kentucky extension nutrition education program assistant, hated to disappoint Olivia,...

Part of a small, but growing, college population Megan McCormick, achieves graduation dream

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Overwhelming excitement with a tinge of apprehension will fill Rupp Arena as emotions will be riding high May 5 — one of the University of Kentucky’s Commencement Days. One by one, thousands of graduates will walk across the stage with an outstretched hand to receive their coveted diploma. Megan McCormick will be among the sea of blue caps and gowns....

Special Olympics ‘Fifty Years of Hustle and Heart’ summer games start Friday at EKU

More than 1,400 Special Olympics athletes and more than 600 volunteers from throughout Kentucky will be celebrating “50 Years of Hustle and Heart” this weekend as the Special Olympics Kentucky State Summer Games return to Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond from Friday, June 1-Sunday, June 3. There are a number of events on Friday, June 1, leading up to the start of the Games. The Law Enforcement...

‘Cops on a Rooftop’ events this Friday at Dunkin Donuts to benefit Special Olympics Kentucky

Volunteers from the Law Enforcement for Special Olympics Kentucky and Dunkin Donuts locations are teaming up across the state to help raise money for Special Olympics Kentucky this Friday. LETR volunteers will be going to new heights to support the athletes at “Cops on a Rooftop” events at seven Dunkin Donuts locations statewide. Officers, deputies and agents from local, state and federal...

Kentucky Equine Education Project welcomes Elisabeth Jensen as new executive vice president

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) has tapped lifelong horse enthusiast and Race for Education co-founder Elisabeth Jensen as its new executive vice president. Joe Clabes, KEEP’s executive director since April 2015, is leaving KEEP to become a senior consultant and strategist with the business-management consulting firm Loch Harbour Group and to pursue other business opportunities in...

Special Olympics Kentucky returns to Perfect North Slopes for State Winter Games; two going to Austria

Special Olympics Kentucky will return to Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, Ind., for the 20th consecutive year Jan. 29-31 when the facility will host the Special Olympics Kentucky State Winter Games. Nearly 100 Special Olympics Kentucky athletes are expected to take part, competing in alpine skiing and snowshoeing events. The Games were originally scheduled for Jan. 22-24 before weather forced...

Constance Alexander: Special Olympics message — each of us is a blade of grass needing an angel

On a Tuesday afternoon at 3:30, a cluster of people waits at the entry to Corvette Lanes on Main Street, Murray, Ky.  Ignoring the autumn chill, they laugh and chat until the doors are unlocked. Once inside, some head right to the alleys, eager to begin practice. Others stop and visit some more before getting started.   In minutes, the space echoes with the cacophony of balls crashing into pins....

Constance Alexander: ‘Curious Incident’ leads to reflections and discussion of needed resources

True to its title, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” begins with a boy and a dog, not an unusual pairing. But the dog in the story is dead, pierced by a garden fork that has gone through the animal’s flesh and into the ground. “It looked as if it was running on its side, the way dogs run when they think they are chasing a cat in a dream,” the narrator says. Christopher...

Constance Alexander: Coincidence or divine intervention, those with disabilities getting attention

One morning a good-but-rare word comes up in casual conversation. That afternoon, you hear the same word in a podcast. At night, you read the news online and there it is again. Next day doing a crossword, shazam! You fill in the blank spaces and marvel over the recurrence. Stanford linguistics professor Arnold Zwicky calls it frequency illusion, the experience in which an idea or a word pops up again...

Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives sponsoring Special Olympics this weekend

Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives will be Platinum Sponsors of the 2016 Special Olympics State Summer Games that will feature athletes from across the state this weekend at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. Competitions will take place June 3-5 in track and field, swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, bocce and flag football. Many athletes will compete from early Saturday to late in the day....

Golden Memories: Unified Track gives athletes with disabilities a chance to shine

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward With a “Chariots of Fire” earworm as backdrop, families and fans cheered mightily for a handful of athletes as they sprinted down the track in this spring’s Commodore Classic. The four students with special needs, along with their peer mentors, completed the 100-meter dash with record-setting smiles. Each received a medal at the finish line before heading...

Gena Bigler: Sometimes giving back means donning green skin, a helmet and a pink tutu

Not much gets your attention like an old friend painted green wearing a Viking helmet and a tutu. It was a pink sparkly tutu that contrasted nicely with the Hulk green of his exposed skin.   Why was this middle-aged professional decked out in such outrageous attire? For a much more respectable reason than you might have guessed. He was raising money for the Special Olympics.   Nathan White...

Central Kentuckians among state's delegation to 2014 Special Olympics National Games

Central Kentucky will be represented by eight athletes and three coaches as part of Team Kentucky at the 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games, to be held June 14-21, 2014, in New Jersey. The athletes include six from Lexington, two from Winchester and one from Nicholasville, competing in aquatics, artistic gymnastics, bowling and track and field. The coaches come from Lexington and Berea in aquatics,...

Don McNay: Watching Special Olympics opens eyes to what makes it so special

“I think the Special Olympics and the Olympics are actually pretty similar. We all have dreams and we all have goals. And you have to work hard to accomplish your dreams and goals.” – Michael Phelps   “I can climb the highest mountain, cross the wildest sea, I can feel St. Elmo’s fire burning in me.” – John Parr, “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)”   When...

Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics of Ky. returns to Lexington for 14th year

More than 400 people are expected to turn out to Take the Plunge for Special Olympics as the Polar Plunge returns to Texas Roadhouse on Richmond Rd. near Man O War Blvd. on Saturday, Feb. 9.   The Polar Plunge features volunteers – many in outlandish costumes – who commit to raise a minimum of $75 (or $50 for plungers under 18-years-old) and then take a chilly dip into a pool that will be...