|Coach Bud Coffman, of Hartford, has been a Special Olympics coach for 17 years. He currently serves with his wife, Danielle, as the Local Program Contact for the Ohio County Special Olympics program. In addition to bocce, he coaches bowling, swimming, track and field and basketball. He has also competed as a Unified partner in the bowling program. This will be Coffman’s first coaching experience at a USA or World Games.
|Kathleen Crumbo, of New Albany, Ind., will be making her first trip to the Special Olympics USA Games. Crumbo, 44, has been a Special Olympics athlete for 37 years and has competed in bocce for six of them. She competes out of the St. Mary’s Center in Louisville.
|Cindy Cusick, of Louisville, has also been a Special Olympics athlete for 37 years and has also competed in bocce for six. She will be making her second trip to the Special Olympics USA Games. She competed in bowling at the 2006 Games in Ames, Iowa, where she earned a gold medal in the team event and bronze in the pairs. While she finished sixth in the singles event, that ribbon was presented by Special Olympics Founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Cusick, 51, also competed at the 1987 Special Olympics World Summer Games in South Bend, Ind., where she was part of the Team Kentucky basketball team. Cusick also competes in softball and basketball in addition to bowling and bocce.
Cusick works at Kroger.
|Brett Thompson, of Rockport, will be making his first trip to the Special Olympics USA Games. He has been a Special Olympics athlete for 14 years and has competed in bocce for 10. Thompson, 24, competes in bowling, basketball and softball in addition to bocce.
This is the first Unified bocce team that Kentucky has ever sent to a USA Games.
|Jeffrey Thompson, of Rockport, is Brett’s father and will be his Unified partner at the Games. Thompson has also served as a bowling Unified partner in the program. In addition, he coaches the Ohio County Eagles basketball team.
He works for Walmart.