|While she doesn’t have previous National Games coaching experience, Head Bowling Coach Diana Burke of Lexington has a long history of coaching Special Olympics athletes in track and field as well as bowling at major Special Olympics Competition. A Special Olympics coach for 30 years, she has been part of the coaching staff for World Games events four times, including in Shanghai, China, in 2007. There, her athletes won a pair of medals. Burke also attended the 2006 Special Olympics USA National Games, and while not officially a member of the Team Kentucky staff helped with a number of vital support functions for the team.
All members of the bowling team will compete in singles, doubles and four-person team competition at the USA Games.
|Ashley Brown, 16, is a student at Binet School in Louisville. She has been a Special Olympics athlete for eight years and has competed in basketball, track and field and ice skating in addition to bowling. She has never previously competed in a National or World Games. Brown has won at least one Gold Medal at each of the last two State Bowling Tournaments.
Stephen Honeycutt, 18, is a senior at Owensboro High School. He has been a Special Olympics athlete for six years and has bowled for four. Honeycutt qualified by winning a Gold Medal at the 2008 Special Olympics Kentucky State Bowling Tournament. This will be his first major Special Olympics competition. In addition to bowling, Honeycutt, who is the tallest member of Team Kentucky, also competes in basketball, track and field and softball. This past summer, Honeycutt competed in the pentathlon at the State Summer Games, becoming one of just a handful of athletes to attempt the programs most grueling event.
|Sabrina McRath, 48, is the oldest member of Team Kentucky. She has been a Special Olympics athlete for more than 20 years. This will also be her first major Special Olympics competition. In addition to bowling, McRath competes in track and field and cheerleading. She has also competed in golf in the program.
|Mark Miller, of Louisville, has been a Special Olympics athlete for three years, competing in basketball, soccer and softball in addition to bowling. He competes with the Southeast Strikers in bowling and other teams through Southeast Christian Church. Miller, 28, also has never competed above the State level.