Welcome Back, Summer Games

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I’m happy to report that Kentucky’s Special Olympics Summer Games are back. COVID-19 concerns forced cancellation of the 2020 games, but this year’s event is happening.


Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, including CVE, have taken a leading role in supporting the games for eight years now. We are a leading sponsor for the competition set for June 5 on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. 


The 2021 games will be limited to a single day of competition, and many protocols will be observed to protect participants’ health and safety, said Trish Mazzoni, president and CEO of Special Olympics Kentucky.


What we love most about the games remains unchanged, however. More than 1,000 special athletes from throughout the commonwealth will again have the opportunity to compete with their peers in five sports: aquatics, bocce, rhythmic gymnastics, soccer and track and field. And nearly 500 volunteers will be there to help the games run smoothly.


Supporting the summer games gives us an opportunity to remind the world about the principles we adhere to as a cooperative. In particular, it allows us to demonstrate our commitment to the communities we serve.


Special Olympics is community-driven and predominantly a volunteer organization, so it’s a great fit for co-op support!


When the games were last held, nearly 100 Touchstone Energy co-op representatives were there. Working at the games is an annual family affair for some.


It’s a pleasure for CVE to once again be supporting Special Olympics’ single biggest competitive event. Let the games begin…again!