Special Populations Instructor:
Cameron Levis: 270-393-3265
The Special Populations program provides various activities for Senior Citizens. We are always looking for new program ideas. If you are a Senior Citizen and would like a listing of our programs or if you have some program ideas, please give us a call. We would love to talk with you!
The following programs are specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with a mental and/or physical challenge:
Area 5 Special Olympics:
Area 5 Special Olympics is a twenty-county region surrounding Bowling Green. Area 5 Special Olympics is dedicated to providing the following quality events: Area 5 Bowling Tournament, Special Olympics Kentucky Regional Softball Tournament, Special Olympics Kentucky Regional Basketball Tournament, Area 5 Power lifting Tournament, and Area 5 Spring Games. Any person who wishes to volunteer or with a mental challenge that wishes to participate in Special Olympics should contact Special Populations for more information. Volunteers are always needed. For more information on Special Olympics, visit their website at www.soky.org.
Bowling Green Adult Athletic
The B.G.A.A.C. is for any person with a mental challenge. The club competes and trains for the following Special Olympic Events: Area 5 Bowling, State Bowling, Unified Bowling, Area 5 Spring Games, State Summer Games, State Power lifting Tournament, State Softball Tournament, and State Basketball/Cheerleading Competition. A monthly newsletter is printed to inform athletes and volunteers about upcoming events. Social activities include: picnics, dances, field trips, movies, etc. Persons with a mental challenge or persons that have an interest in volunteering should contact Special Populations for more information.
Piece from WKU PBS of the Special Olympics/Special Populations community: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cgo4Cg7kwrM
Footage from the Adapted Sports Rollout 2016: http://www.wbko.com/content/news/Adapted-Sports-rollout-in-Bowling-Green-376848121.html
Inclusive Conditioning with Michael Carter
A conditioning class open to individuals of all abilities! Participants will do various exercises to help build their cardio, strength, and balance.
Time: 3:00-4:00 pm
Fee: $2 yearly membership
“Bowling for Fun” League
Bowling for Fun is every Wednesday until April from 2:30—3:30 pm at Southern Lanes. It is $3 for two games total. Open to those with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics Track and Field
Ages: 8 years and up
Location: KLC and BGHS
Special Olympics Swimming
Dates: March 6—SOKY Summer Games
Time: 6:00—7:00 pm
Ages: 8 years and up
Location: Preston Center on WKU’s campus
Special Olympics Kentucky State Basketball Tournament
Bowling Green teams will have already qualified at the regional tournament on February 11th to compete at the state tournament. We look forward to all of our Bowling Green teams representing their community well!
Dates: March 10—12
Location: Louisville, KY
Fun Games with Special Pops
Join us for coloring, card games, board games, and puzzles. This program is for all Special Populations participants and anyone else is welcome! We hope for this to be an inclusive atmosphere for both those with and without disabilities.
Begin Date: March 14
Time: 4:00—5:00 pm
Senior Bingo Battle
B-I-N-G-O and Bingo was his name OH! This event brings numerous residents together for an enjoyable social outing. All long-term care facilities located around the Barren River area are invited to participate. Volunteers needed.
Date: April 19
Time: Registration begins at 9:00 am
Competition begins at 10:00 am
Fee: $3 per person & one $2 value prize per person
Location: Sid Carr Gymnasium
Special Olympics Softball
Batter up! Softball is open to all Special Olympic Athletes. Practices provide training for upcoming games.
Dates: May thru September
Ages: 8 years and up
Fee: $30 per season
Location: Lampkin Park
Area 5 Special Olympics Spring Games
Track and Field teams from across this region of Kentucky will be competing to qualify for the State Summer Games. Teams from Ohio County, Russellville, Christian County, Muhlenberg County, Barren County, Allen County, Bowling Green, and others will be competing in both running events and field events such as shot put, softball throw, long jump, and standing long jump. Volunteers needed.
Date: May 6
Time: 8:00 am—3:00 pm
Location: BG High School
Special Olympics KY Summer Games
Track and Field teams from across Kentucky will be completing in the State Championship at EKU. Athletes will be competing in both running events and field events such as shot put, softball throw, long jump, and standing long jump. The Special Olympics Swimming State Championship will also be held during Summer Games.
Dates: June 5—7
Location: Eastern Kentucky University
Camp Happy Days 2017 “In a Galaxy Far, Far, Away”
Camp Happy Days is back! This year we are taking a trip to a galaxy far, far away to explore the wonders of space! The camp is open to any individual ages 6—35 with an intellectual and/or physical disability. For information about applications for camp, contact the Kummer/Little Center at 270-393-3484. If interested in applying to be a counselor, you can apply online at the City of Bowling Green website under the “Jobs” tab.
Session I Open House: June 12 5:00—7:00 pm
Session II Open House: July 10 5:00—7:00 pm
Session I: June 13—30 Session II: July 11—28
Days: Weekdays (Monday—Friday)
Time: Sign in: 7:00—8:00 am
Sign out: 3:00—5:00 pm
Ages: 6—35 years old
Fee: Free to participants with intellectual and/or physical disabilities
Special Olympics Bowling
Dust off your bowling ball and pack your shoes. All Special Olympic Athletes are welcome to participate.
Days: Practices every Wednesday
Time: 2:30—3:30 pm
Fee: $3 for two games
Location: Southern Lanes, Scottsville Rd.
Adapted Sports Camp Through the VA
BGPR and Special Populations will be hosting an Adapted Sports clinic as part of a grant given through the VA. In partnership with Louisville Metro Parks and Frazier Rehab, the camp will be geared towards Veterans in the area and surrounding areas, but open to the community as a whole, and introduce the sports of wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, and goalball to participants. The camp will allow Special Populations to move into this new area of programming and further its reach to those with physical and/or intellectual disabilities in the area and making Bowling Green a more inclusive community.
Dates: August 4 and August 5
More information can be found as it becomes available by calling the Kummer/Little Center at 270-393-3484.
The Special Populations program is always in need of volunteers. Volunteer opportunities exist through our many programs and special events. If you or your group would like to make a difference in our community, please contact Special Populations. All volunteer applications are now online at www.bgky.org/hr/jobs.