- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Supporters of Special Olympics Kentucky and the athletes who compete in the games are asking lawmakers to make it easier for people to donate to the program with an income tax refund checkoff.

A rally was held Monday at the state Capitol to show support for a bill filed by Democratic Rep. Martha Jane King of Lewisburg. The measure would add the program for people with intellectual disabilities as a checkoff box on the Kentucky state tax return form.

King told the group that Special Olympics Kentucky is celebrating 45 years in the state.

Special Olympics Kentucky President and CEO Trish Mazzoni said the program recently topped 7,000 athletes.

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