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More than 230 Turn out for medFest 2014
Event provides physicals and screenings for JCPS Students

More than 230 Jefferson County Public School students flocked to the Brown and Williamson Club at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Oct. 23, but it wasn't for a special Louisville football game. They came to the stadium to take part in the 2014 edition of Special Olympics Kentucky's MedFest, part of the program's Healthy Athletes Initiative.

Students' vital signs are taken as they
arrive at MedFest before they head
into the screenings.

MedFest partners with a local school district each year to provide free sports physicals and medical screenings for students with intellectual disabilities. Screenings at this year's event included vision, dental and hearing screenings in addition to the sports physical that meets the requirement for athletes to compete in Special Olympics events.

"It's a prefect opportunity to get the physicals done in one place," said Pleasure Ridge Park High School teacher Tammy Cate, who brought 19 athletes to the event. "It helps the parents out getting everything done so that we're prepared for our activities."

In addition to the screenings, students were served lunch and had a chance to interact with a number of local mascots during the day.

Louisville Cardinals football players Luke Brohm, Terry Ramsey and George Clements stopped by MedFest to visit with the students.

And although the Cardinals weren't playing, three Louisville football players — Luke Brohm, Terry Ramsey and George Clements —stopped by to meet with students and signed countless autographs.

This year's MedFest was made possible thanks to generous grants from the WHAS Crusade for Children, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana and Delta Dental.

MedFest got its start in Kentucky in 2005 when Special Olympics Kentucky offered its first event in Lexington. Events have been held in Lexington and Louisville since that date.

If you are interested in attending, would like to volunteer or would like more information about this MedFest or the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Program, please contact Kim at 800-633-7403 or e-mail at  ksatterwhite@soky.org


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