2014 Team Kentucky Basketball

Coaches

Lynn Newton Head Coach Lynn Newton of Taylorsville has been involved working with people with disabilities for 22 years and involved in Special Olympics for 17. She coaches softball and soccer in addition to basketball for Pitt. An employee of Goulds Discount Medical, Newton is the mother of team member Zachary Newton. She was an assistant coach for the Team Kentucky softball team that competed at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb.
Kelly Moriarty Kelly Moriarty will be the assistant basketball coach for Team Kentucky. She is the Special Olympics director for Pitt Academy and has been a Special Olympics coach for more than 22 years. She was the head coach for the Team Kentucky softball team that took fourth place at the 2010 Special Olympics National Games in Lincoln, Neb. In addition to working with Pitt Academy, she is a nurse at Floyd Memorial Hospital.

Athletes

Marcus Anderson Marcus Anderson, 30, of Louisville has been a Special Olympics athlete for 14 years and has played basketball for eight. He also competes in bowling, skiing, softball and track and field. He competed at the 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C., where he won a Silver Medal in bowling.
 Nick Clark Nick Clark, 29, of Louisville has been a Special Olympics athlete for 14 years and has played basketball for all of them. He also competes in softball and track and field. This will be Clark’s first trip to a USA or World Games event. He works at Kroger.

How has Special Olympics changed your life?: I am more independent and my self esteem has grown.
What does Special Olympics and competing in the USA Games mean to you?: I am excited.

 

 Howard Danzy Howard Danzy, 20, of Louisville has been a Special Olympics athlete for five years, competing in softball, skiing, soccer and flag football in addition to basketball. He is one of five members of the Team Kentucky basketball team who was also a part of the Pitt Academy softball team that played as Team Kentucky at the 2010 Special Olympics USA Games in Lincoln, Neb. He is the brother of teammate Jamil Danzy and one of four Danzy brothers who participate in Special Olympics.

How has Special Olympics changed your life?: By being a good team leader and they get me to pass the ball more. Plus they coach me with my rebounds.
What does Special Olympics and competing in the USA Games mean to you?: It is big for me because I have never been to New Jersey.

 

Jamil Danzy Jamil Danzy, 15, of Louisville is the youngest member of Team Kentucky for the 2014 Games. He has been a Special Olympics athlete for six years and has played basketball for all six. He also competes in flag football, skiing, soccer, softball, and swimming. A student at Ballard High School, Danzy led the Ballard team to the championship of this year’s Jefferson County Public Schools Unified Basketball League, scoring 29 points in the championship game. This is Jamill’s first trip to a National or World Games event. His brother Howard was on the Pitt Academy softball team that competed at the 2010 National Games in Lincoln, Neb. He is the brother of teammate Howard Danzy and one of four Danzy brothers who participate in Special Olympics.

How has Special Olympics changed your life?: I make new friends and play basketball and football.
What does Special Olympics and competing in the USA Games mean to you?: It will be fun and I will make new friends.

 

JOe Englert Joe Englert, 26, of Louisville has been a Special Olympics athlete for 16 years and has played basketball for all of those. He also has competed in bowling, flag football, ice skating, soccer, softball and track and field. He is one of four members of this basketball team who also competed at the 2010 USA National Games as part of the Pitt Academy softball team that represented Team Kentucky in Lincoln, Neb. Englert works at Kroger.

What are your biggest accomplishments?: Working at Kroger for five and a half years. Going to the USA Games in 2010. 2013 State Softball Championship team.
How has Special Olympics changed your life?: It gives me a chance to participate in sports with athletes of the same abilities and a chance to make new friends.
What does Special Olympics and competing in the USA Games mean to you?: It will be a fun time to be with other athletes and represent my state.

 

 Eric Hunter Eric Hunter, 31, is the one Team Kentucky athlete who actually hails from New Albany, Indiana. Hunter has been a Special Olympics athlete for six years and played basketball for five. He also competes in bowling, flag football, soccer and softball. He works at Restaurant Depot. This will be Hunter’s first trip to the National or World Games.

What are your biggest accomplishments?: High school
How has Special Olympics changed your life?: It changed because I got to meet good people.
What does Special Olympics and competing in the USA Games mean to you?: It made me happy that my team got picked and this is my first time to get picked.

 

 Zach Newton Zach Newton, 21, of Taylorsville has been a Special Olympics athlete for eight years, playing basketball for 7. He also participates in bowling and softball and was part of the softball team that represented Team Kentucky at the 2010 National Games in Lincoln, Neb. He works at Geek Squad.

What are your biggest accomplishments?: I have completed the certified soccer referee course.
How has Special Olympics changed your life?: It has given me more confidence and increased my self-esteem
What does Special Olympics and competing in the USA Games mean to you?: I get to compete at a national level.

 

Evan Reed Evan Reed, 27, of Louisville has been a Special Olympics athlete for 19 years and has played basketball for all 19. He also competes in bowling, flag football, softball and track and field and was part of the 2010 Team Kentucky squad. He works at Starbucks.

What are your biggest accomplishments?: Playing softball with Team Kentucky at the 2010 USA Games.
How has Special Olympics changed your life?: They helped me become a better person and teammate.
What does Special Olympics and competing in the USA Games mean to you?: I love team sports and being around other people.

 

Mitchell Walls Mitchell Walls, 24, of Louisville has been a Special Olympics athlete for 14 years and played basketball for all of them. He also competes in basketball, bowling, flag football, skiing, soccer, softball and track and field. He will be the only athlete who has been part of Team Kentucky for all three Special Olympics USA National Games efforts, competing in bowling in 2006 and softball in 2010. He earned two Gold and one Silver medal at the 2006 Games in Ames, Iowa.

What are your biggest accomplishments?: Two Golds and one Silver Medal in bowling at the 2006 USA Games. Fourth Place in softball at the 2010 USA Games. Selected for basketball at the 2014 USA Games. Unassisted triple play in the State Softball Championship Game. Four overtime victory in the State Basketball Championship Game.
How has Special Olympics changed your life?: It’s given me a chance to make new friends. It has given me the opportunity to travel at a national level.
What does Special Olympics and competing in the USA Games mean to you?: It’s a chance to represent my state and meet other athletes from other parts of the country.

 

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