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MedFest Returns to Louisville In 2014
Event Provides Physicals and Medical Screenings

Special Olympics Kentucky's MedFest event, which provides free sports physicals and medical screenings for students with intellectual disabilities, will return to the Brown and Williamson Club at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville on Thursday, Oct. 23. As it was in 2012, the event will be a partnership between Special Olympics Kentucky and Jefferson County Public Schools.

The Brown and WIlliamson Club will once again host Louisville MedFest in 2014.

Part of the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes initiative, MedFest is a one-day health fair where children with intellectual disabilities can receive free sports physicals along with vision, dental and hearing screenings. All health workers involved in the MedFest screenings are properly trained volunteers and offer referrals for parents if they feel that a child needs further care.

Eligible Jefferson County students whose parents choose to have them participate will be bussed from their schools to Papa John's Stadium and will be returned to school when their screenings are finished.

The physical that the students receive meets the requirements necessary for participation in the Special Olympics sports programs. This removes a major hurdle that many athletes run into when they try to compete in Special Olympics.

MedFest Dental Screening
Dental exams are one of a number of screenings available at MedFest.

“Like all other sports programs, it is important for our athletes to receive a physical so that they can be sure they are healthy enough to compete,” said Special Olympics President and CEO Trish Mazzoni.

“Unfortunately our population often has an especially difficult time accessing health care. That’s why MedFest is so important. It allows these children the opportunity to see medical professionals who are trained to handle their needs free of charge and gives them the boost they need to be able to compete and show the world how much they can accomplish through sports.”

Special Olympics Kentucky partners with a local school system to register participants and provide transportation during the school day. The program also partners with local medical organizations and individual medical professionals to provide the various screenings free of charge.

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.

We are still in need of physicians, physicians assitants and licensed nurse practitioners to administer the physicals.

If you are interested in attending, would like to volunteer or would like more information about this event, please contact Kim at 800-633-7403 or e-mail at  ksatterwhite@soky.org


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