This is the first time that Kentucky has fielded bocce athletes at the National Games. Both members of the bocce team will compete in singles and doubles in New Jersey.
|Terry Morris of Louisville will coach the Team Kentucky bocce athletes. Morris has been a Special Olympics coach for six years and has coached bocce for two. He works with the St. Mary’s/East End Special Olympics program. Morris works at GT Auto Service.|
|Jesse Pennington, 29, of Goshen has been a Special Olympics athlete for 15 years and began competing in bocce two years ago. He also competes in basketball, bowling, golf, softball and track and field. This will be his first National or World Games experience.
What are your biggest accomplishments?: Jesse has mild cerebral palsy and has excelled at sports due to Special Olympics. And it has greatly helped his social skills.
Michael Willard, 36, of Louisville has been a Special Olympics athlete for 21 years and has competed in bocce for the last five. He also competes in basketball, bowling and track and field. This will be his first trip to a National or World Games event. He works at Walmart.
What are your biggest accomplishments?: I graduated from duPont Manual High School. I have worked for Walmart for 10 years.