|Teri Ward will serve as Team Kentucky ’s head bowling coach for the Games. Before moving to Woodford County , Ward served as the coach of the Frankfort Pinsetters bowling team and as a Special Olympics local coordinator in Franklin County . Ward, a unit manager at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington , has never coached at a major Special Olympics Games before, but is familiar with the atmosphere. She accompanied stepdaughter Lynsey Ward to the 2003 World Summer Games in Dublin , Ireland , where Lynsey earned a bronze medal. Ward has also served as a Special Olympics golf and softball coach.|
All members of the bowling team will compete in singles, doubles and four-person team competition at the USA Games.
|Keith Cotrell, a resident at Quest Farm in Georgetown, has been active in Special Olympics for 16 years. In addition to bowling, Cotrell, 41, has competed in both swimming and track and field. On the lanes, he carries a 150 average. This will be Cottrell’s second trip to a major Special Olympics competition. He was also part of Team Kentucky’s bowling delegation at the 1991 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Minneapolis, Minn.
Cindy Cusick of Louisville has been involved in Special Olympics for 30 years competing in bowling, basketball, softball and golf. Cusick, 39, works for Kroger and participates with the East End Special Olympics program in Louisville. This will be Cusick’s second trip to a major Special Olympics Games. She was part of the East End basketball team that represented Kentucky at the 1987 World Summer Games in South Bend , Ind. She earned her spot on the National Games team with a gold medal in the 2004 Special Olympics Kentucky State Bowling Tournament.
|Julie Queen, 20, has been active in Special Olympics for six years – three in Kentucky and three in Maryland before moving to Frankfort . She has bowled in the program for six years and is a member of the Frankfort Pinsetters team that is coached by National Games Team Kentucky bowling head coach Teri Ward. Queen, who works at the Elder Beerman store in Frankfort , also competes in basketball, softball and swimming with the Franklin County Special Olympics program.
|Mitchell Walls of Louisville has been active in Special Olympics since he became eligible at eight-years-old and has competed in bowling for the past five years. In addition to bowling, Walls, 16, participates in alpine skiing, basketball, ice skating, soccer, softball and track and field. He earned his spot on the National Games team with a gold medal in the 2004 Special Olympics Kentucky State Bowling Tournament where he rolled a two-game score of 264. This will be the first major Special Olympics Games for Walls.|