105 Lakeview Court
Frankfort KY 40601
Contact Information
Address 105 Lakeview Court
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone (502) 695-8222
Fax 502 695-0496
Contact Name Trish Mazzoni
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1974
Former Names
Kentucky Special Olympics, Inc.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Supporters can mail a check donation to either Special Olympics Kentucky office. Donations are accepted over the phone. We accept in-kind donations. 
Supporters can get involved with special events as well. Five Polar Plunges are held statewide, along with two Plane Pulls and two Truck Pulls.
We have a variety of volunteer opportunities. Volunteers can coach, serve as a Unified Partner, assist at competitions, and volunteer at special events. Visit www.soky.org for more information on how to get involved.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement The Special Olympics movement unlocks the joy of sport to inspire people throughout the world to open their minds to human giftedness. The mission of Special Olympics Kentucky is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics give athletes continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Background Statement
In 1968, Eunice Kennedy Shriver led 1,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities to Chicago's Soldier Field to compete in Olympic-styled track and field events. With this inaugural competition as our model, Special Olympics Kentucky has led the movement for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Kentucky since 1970.
Today, a new generation of athletes with intellectual disabilities is better prepared to work in and contribute to their communities as a result of our life-changing sports, health, and education programs. We use sports as a platform to provide opportunities for over 7,800 athletes with intellectual disabilities to excel as individuals and teammates. For people with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics is often the only place where they have an opportunity to participate in their communities, build confidence, gain acceptance, and form lifelong friendships. 
Impact Statement

Highlights from 2017-18 include:

  • In 2017-18, more than 8,6000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities participated in our sports, health and education programs.
  • Over 1,100 medical screenings were provided free of charge to children and adults with intellectual disabilities were screened through the Healthy Athletes program in 2016.
  • Expanding the reach of Unified Champion Schools in Kentucky. Unified Champion Schools is an education-based program that engages students with and without intellectual disabilities in activities that promote inclusion and respect for people with intellectual disabilities. In 2017-18, Unified Champion Schools reached over 52,000 Kentucky youth with and without intellectual disabilities.
Needs Statement
Volunteers are integral to our program - there is always a need!  Individuals or groups can volunteer at various levels and various levels of time commitment.
We are an event driven organization - there are either program events that happen on a weekly basis and fundraising events that happen at various times of the year.  These require a great deal of communication, set-up, equipment, etc.  Two way radios are a big need, pop-up tents are a need, etc.
CEO/Executive Director Statement
Special Olympics Kentucky is celebrating its 5th Anniversary in 2018!  In that span of time, this program has changed the lives of tens of thousands of people with intellectual disabilities right here in Kentucky!  Special Olympics has proven to be important and necessary.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
Geographic Areas Served
Serve the Commonwealth of Kentucky
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.
Special Olympics is a movement with the mission of transforming communities by inspiring people to open their minds, accept and include people with intellectual disabilities. We have three major goals:
  • Advance Quality Sports & Competitions: Sports and competition are at the core of our mission, because we believe in their transformative power to shatter stereotypes. Our sports programs challenge athletes to perform at their best and improve their health through interactive coaching, fitness, and optimal nutrition guides. Athletes experience important personal and team triumphs that lead to better health, self-confidence, and performance in academic and employment settings. We currently offer training and competition in 15 Olympic-type sports that all culminate at state-level events.


  • Build Communities: SOKY is committed to inclusion, respect, and dignity. We build communities of inclusion and acceptance by empowering athletes to become contributing and respected members of society, while engaging families, youth, employees, coaches, volunteers, and fans in the communities we serve. The synergy between these supporters creates communities that foster supportive environments for Special Olympics athletes, while providing youth with opportunities to develop in positive, integrated school climates.


  • Connect Fans & Funds: A critical aspect of fueling the movement is to create a stronger community of support through volunteerism and revenue growth. Connecting fans and funds through meaningful and direct experiences is an important means to increasing organizational capacity, as well as increasing the number of opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities outside of participation in Special Olympics, such as supported employment programs. An important part of Fuel the Movement is to harness the expertise and skills of our supporters in ways that help us build sustainability and grow capacity within our organization.

StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?
  • Engage new athletes through recruitment efforts. We want our programs to be accessible and known to all individuals with intellectual disabilities


  • Strengthen relationships with existing venues, volunteers, and vendors and establish new relationships.  Our sports programs are longstanding in most communities, but strengthening existing partnerships and establishing new ones will help improve the quality of our sports programming.


  • Provide exceptional coach, local coordinator, and volunteer training. Individuals serving in these roles have the most influence on our athletes. Ensuring they are properly trained to deliver the best coaching and training will advance quality sports.


  • Increase the professionalism of our competitions. Our ability to provide superior equipment, venues, officiating, and awards is paramount to the safety and quality of our competitions.

  • Strengthen and expand partnerships with school administrators and teachers. To expand Project UNIFY in Louisville and surrounding communities, the Program Directors will continue to introduce the program to school administrators and establish the program in new schools.


  • Activate youth in Louisville and surrounding communities through Project UNIFY initiatives. Engaging youth through education- and sports-based initiatives provide unique platforms for promoting acceptance and inclusion in school settings.


  • Engage families of children with intellectual disabilities. We will provide opportunities for families of children with intellectual disabilities to meet each other, which can provide invaluable support.

  • Recruit and formally train new and existing Athlete Leaders. Athlete Leaders serve as ambassadors for our organization and advocates for their fellow athletes. Currently, we track Athlete Leaders by participation in the Athlete Leadership Program, which offers formal training and workshops in public speaking, coaching, and other skills.

  • Build organizational capacity to improve our program reach and effectiveness. Capacity building is crucial to creating sustainability within our organization.

CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? Special Olympics Kentucky has been around for 47 years and is supported by 13 full-time staff, 6 part-time staff, over 6,8000 volunteers, and numerous corporate and private partners.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Kevin Regenhold
Company Affiliation Humana
Board Members
Ms. Elaine BushEuler Hermes Collections North AmericaVoting
Dr. Priya ChandanUniversity of Louisville Hospital
Ms. Karen DunnTexas Roadhouse
Ms. Kelly HerlBB&T InsuranceVoting
Dr. Matt HolderUnderwood and Lee Clinic
Mr. Byron LargenMountjoy Chilton Medley LLP
Mr. Todd LoehnertWells Fargo Insurance Services
Mrs. Sara MartinesonUPS
Ms. Trish MazzoniSpecial Olympics KentuckyExofficio
Ms. Tamara McCainRepublic BankVoting
Ms. Carla McKinneyInsider LouisvilleVoting
Mr. Fred OrthmeyerWells Fargo Insurance ServicesVoting
Mr. John PennyLearfield/Yum! CenterVoting
Ms. Julie RansdellWestern Kentucky University
Mr. Kevin RegenholdHumanaVoting
Mr. Rusty SkaggsDelta Dental
Mr. Brad SmithMountjoy Chilton Medley LLPVoting
Mr. Larry WeishaarResCare
Mr. John WilliamsRajkovich, Williams, Kilpatrick & True, PLLCVoting
Ms. Katie WilliamsSpecial Olympics Kentucky athlete representative
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 21
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Governance
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Trish Mazzoni
Term Start Aug 1986
Email tmazzoni@soky.org
Full Time Staff 16
Part Time Staff 8
Volunteers 8050
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 79%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 15
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title VP Finance
Title Senior Director of Athlete and Field Services
Title Director of Communications and External Relations
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Sports training and competition is the foundation of Special Olympics.We offer year-round training and competition in 15 Olympic-style sports at the area, regional, and state level. When they qualify, athletes can also compete out-of-state at National and World Games. Sports offerings include alpine skiing, aquatics, artistic gymnastics, basketball, bocce, bowling, cheerleading, equestrian, flag football, golf, rhythmic gymnastics, soccer, softball, snow shoeing, and track and field. We held 404 state, regional and local competitions in 2015.
We also offer the Unified Sports program, an initiative for people with and without intellectual disabilities to compete together as teammates. Perhaps more than any other Special Olympics initiative, Unified Sports captures the power of the Special Olympics movement to shatter stereotypes. In 2015, 1,366 individuals participated in our Unified Sports program.
Program Long term Success Created an athlete leadership program to provide a greater voice to athletes
Description For children too young to participate in our traditional sports programs, we offer the Young Athletes Program to introduce them early on to the world of Special Olympics by engaging them in developmentally appropriate play activities. Evaluations of the program indicate this early intervention is working, with teachers and family members reporting substantial gains in children's social and motor skills, adaptive behavior, and communication and cognitive development. Over 260 children with intellectual disabilities in Kentucky participated in the Young Athletes Program in 2015.
Description Unified Champion Schools is an education-based program designed to bring together youth with and without intellectual disabilities through meaningful activities. Among the greatest values of the Special Olympics movement is its power to change attitudes of people who fear or misunderstand people with intellectual disabilities. This is most powerful in school settings where youth can form an acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities that will last throughout their lives. We reached over 25,000 students with and without intellectual disabilities in Kentucky through the Unified Champion Schools program in 2015.
Description Athlete Leadership Programs were created to train athletes in areas of public speaking and leadership, so that they can fulfill meaningful roles in society. All Athlete Leadership Programs are designed to build communities of inclusion and empowerment by helping people with intellectual disabilities engage as leaders on and off the playing field. Leadership opportunities include serving on Special Olympics Kentucky's board of directors, coaching and officiating for our sports programs, and public speaking at community organizations, corporations, and schools. We trained 57 Athlete Leaders in 2015 to serve as ambassadors for the Special Olympics movement in their communities.
Description Individuals with intellectual disabilities represent a medically underserved population. This population faces a number of barriers to quality health care, such as poverty, lack of transportation, and the inability to find a doctor willing to treat a patient with an intellectual disability. Compounding this issue is the fact that people with intellectual disabilities have a 40% risk of serious, chronic diseases, like diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. To combat these health challenges, we offer free health screening, education, and referral services through the Healthy Athletes program. Screenings are offered in six medical disciplines: vision, hearing, dental, podiatry, health promotion, and physical fitness. For some athletes, these screenings are the first time they have ever seen a doctor. Services are provided by volunteer health care professionals and students.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
Since the inception of Special Olympics in the late 1960s, this program has played a vital role in improving the lives of persons with intellectual disabilities.  This program started here in Kentucky in 1970 and since that time, we have impacted the lives in a positive way of tens of thousands of individuals with intellectual disabilities.  What we see is that the impact of Special Olympics is far-reaching as not only are the lives of the athletes we serve impacted but also their families and the many thousands of volunteers who give of their time and talents on a daily basis.  Although we've made much progress, the challenge still remains to serve more people and to continue to transform communities to be ones of acceptance and tolerance of members of society.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $2,487,221.00
Projected Expenses $2,487,221.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Revenue$2,947,989$3,080,607$3,159,688
Total Expenses$2,959,566$2,934,457$3,028,168
Revenue Less Expenses($11,577)$146,150$131,520
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$996,225$943,326$668,489
Investment Income, Net of Losses$27,526$19,551$17,189
Membership Dues--$0--
Special Events$864,547$945,905$1,187,571
Revenue In-Kind--$160,196--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$2,259,609$2,179,307$2,281,580
Administration Expense$211,294$186,118$211,157
Fundraising Expense$488,663$569,032$535,431
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.051.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%74%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$3,151,335$3,156,143$3,038,886
Current Assets$1,674,286$1,722,791$1,528,001
Long-Term Liabilities$33,318$11,704$16,926
Current Liabilities$137,931$187,688$178,515
Total Net Assets$2,980,086$2,956,751$2,843,445
Form 990s
2016 Form 990
2015 Form 990
2015 2015 SOKY Form 990
2014 Form 990
2013 990 2013
2012 990 2012
2011 990 2011
2010 Form 990
2009 Form 990
2008 Form 990
Audit Documents
2016 2016 SOKY Audit
2015 2015 SOKY Audit
2014 2014 Audit
2013 2013 Audit
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Address 105 Lakeview Court
Frankfort, KY 40601
Primary Phone 502 695-8222
Contact Email tmazzoni@soky.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Trish Mazzoni
Board Chair Mr. Kevin Regenhold
Board Chair Company Affiliation Humana