2014 Team Kentucky Athletics

Coach

Laura Miller

Laura Miller, a speech pathologist with Murray Independent Schools, will coach the Kentucky track and field athletes at the USA Games. She has coached Special Olympics athletes for seven years with the Murray/Calloway County Special Olympics program. She coaches golf and bowling and works with the Murray/Calloway County cheerleading and basketball teams in addition to track and field. Miller also serves as the Special Olympics local coordinator for Calloway County.

Athletes

Travis Hines

Travis Hines, 42, of Lexington will compete in track and field. He has been a special Olympics athlete for 22 years, competing in track and field for 18 of those. He also competes in basketball, bowling and softball. He has never competed above the state level. He is part of the Fayette County Special Olympics Track and Field program.
Events: 100-Meter Dash, 50-Meter Dash, 4×100-Meter Relay

What are your biggest accomplishments?: I have served as a volunteer at Baptist Health (in Lexington) for more than five years.
How has Special Olympics changed your life?: I have made many friends I have had for years. Adults — coaches and volunteers — have provided transportation and support. Special Olympics has provided the opportunity to go new places and meet new people.
What does Special Olympics and competing in the USA Games mean to you?: I am very happy to be chosen and will try to do my best.

Tony Mayes

Tony Mayes, 53, of Russellville has been a Special Olympics athlete for 40 years, competing in track and field for three. This will be his first time competing at the National or World Games level. He also competes in Special Olympics basketball, bowling and softball. He works at Lifeskills. He competes as part of the Russellville Special Olympics Track and Field Program.
Events: 800-Meter Walk, Softball Throw, 4×100-Meter Relay

What are your biggest accomplishments?: Gold Medals in the 800-meter walk.
How has Special Olympics changed your life?: I’ve met new people.
What does Special Olympics and competing in the USA Games mean to you?: I get to travel and ride on an airplane.

Casie Seifert

Casie Seifert, 24, of Lexington has been a Special Olympics athlete for 12 years competing in track and field for 10. She participated in the first ever Special Olympics USA National Games, competing in Unified Golf, where she earned a Silver Medal with partner Sarah Hawkins Lear. She works at Fresh Approach. She is part of the Fayette County Special Olympics Track and Field program.
Events: 400-Meter Walk, Shot Put, 4×100-Meter Relay

What are your biggest accomplishments?: I have worked for five years. I cut and pack fruit and vegetables for different restaurants. I am able to use all the cutting and slicing machines.
How has Special Olympics changed your life?: Special Olympics has given me the chance to participate in many different sports. I have made many lifelong good friends.
What does Special Olympics and competing in the USA Games mean to you?: I am looking forward to meeting new people from around the country. Seeing places I have never been before. I want to show the country what I can do. I will make Kentucky proud of me. I am very excited to be picked for the 2014 USA Games.

Fannie Stonestreet

Fannie Stonestreet, 57, of Winchester has been a Special Olympics athlete for 12 years and has competed in track for all 12. She also competes in basketball, bowling, cheerleading, flag football, soccer and softball. This will also be her first trip to a Special Olympics competition above the state level. Stonestreet participates in Special Olympics through the STRIDE program in Winchester. She also enjoys singing and dancing.
Events: 400-Meter Walk, 800-Meter Walk, 4×100-Meter Relay

What are your biggest accomplishments?: For the past 15 years I have worked for Goodwill. While working with Goodwill I have also had the opportunity to play in Special Olympics sports.
How has Special Olympics changed your life?: Special Olympics has improved my health. I am more aware of healthy choices to make in my life. I have made new friends and I have gained a support system.
What does Special Olympics and competing in the USA Games mean to you?: I feel happy and honored to get to attend the Special Olympics USA Games. I have worked hard in my Special Olympics sports. It shows me that hard work does pay off.

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Bowling
Flag Football
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