|Coach Laura Miller, of Murray, will be making her second trip to the USA Games. She also served as the track and field coach for Team Kentucky at the 2014 Games in New Jersey, where she coached Fannie Stonestreet to a silver medal in the 400-meter walk.
She has coached Special Olympics athletes for 11 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 has also spearheaded Unified Champion Schools programs in the Murray Independent School District where she works as a speech pathologist. She recently accompanied a Unified youth team to the Global Social Impact Summit that Special Olympics held in conjunction with the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria.
In addition to her work for Murray Schools, Miller serves as the West Kentucky Regional Director for Special Olympics Kentucky.
|Ryan Barts, of Georgetown, will be making his second trip to the Special Olympics USA Games. Barts won a gold and two silver medals at the 2010 USA Games in Lincoln, Neb., coming excruciatingly close to a three-gold medal performance. He went on to compete at the 2011 World Summer Games in Athens, Greece, where he won a silver medal in the long jump.
Barts, 28, has been a Special Olympics athlete for 15 years and has competed in track and field the entire time. He also competes in basketball, softball and flag football and has also competed in bowling.
A trained Global Messenger, Barts has spoken often on behalf of the organization including emceeing the State Summer Games Opening Ceremonies.
He works at Kroger in Georgetown.
|Kate Nason, of Louisville, is making her first trip to a USA Games. She has been a Special Olympics athlete for 17 years, competing in track and field, figure skating and equestrian. Nason, 28, is a distance runner and won her division of the 1,500 meters at the 2017 State Summer Games.|
|Caitlin Roy, of Louisville, will also be a first-time USA Games participant. Roy, 19, has been involved with Special Olympics for 10 years and has competed in track and field for four. She also competes in basketball, softball, bowling and flag football.
Roy is finishing her schoolwork in the Ahrens Transitional Program at Brown High School in Louisville.
|Joseph Ramirez, of Murray, is another first-time USA Games participant. At just 15-years-old, he is also among the youngest Team Kentucky members. Ramirez has been a Special Olympics athlete for two years in Kentucky, but competed in Maryland for five years before moving here. He has participated in track and field for seven years. He also competes in softball.
Ramirez is a student at Calloway County High School.