|Robyn Ballinger, of Louisville, will serve as the Team Kentucky bowling coach for the second consecutive USA Games. She held the same role for the 2014 Games in New Jersey, where her bowlers claimed two gold medals and a bronze in singles, a bronze in pairs and a silver in the team competition. This will be the third USA Games overall for Ballinger, who served as an assistant track and field coach at the 2010 Games in Lincoln, Neb. A United States Bowling Congress certified Silver Level coach, Ballinger also has World Games coaching experience, having served as an assistant bowling coach for the Special Olympics USA delegation at the 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles.
Ballinger, who bowled collegiately at Bellarmine and the University of Louisville, has been a Special Olympics coach for 12 years, working with the Binet Special Olympics program. She has also coached track and field, basketball, alpine skiing and snowshoeing. In addition to her Special Olympics coaching work, she has also served as an assistant bowling coach for the University of Louisville and with Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville. She works for the United States Tennis Association.
|Michelle Barnes, of Milton, has been a Special Olympics athlete for 13 years. She has competed in track and field, alpine skiing and snowshoeing in addition to bowling. Barnes, 27, is making her first appearance ever at a Special Olympics competition above the state level. She is also the first Special Olympics Kentucky athlete from Carroll County to compete at the USA Games.
She works at North Key Community Care in Carrollton.
|Joseph Jarrell, of Olive Hill, is also making his first trip to the Special Olympics USA Games. He has been a Special Olympics athlete for 15 years, but just began bowling with Special Olympics in 2016. He also competes in track and field. Jarrell, 28, will be the first athlete from Carter County ever to compete for Team Kentucky at the USA Games.
|Kelly Kunisch, of Elizabethtown, will be another first-timer at a Special Olympics USA Games. Kunisch, 32, has been a Special Olympics athlete for more than 10 years and has bowled in the program the entire time. She has also competed in alpine skiing, basketball and track and field with the Hardin County Special Olympics program.
Kunisch works at Subway in Elizabethown.
|Daniel Williams, of Glasgow, is also making his first trip to a Special Olympics USA or World Games-level competition. Williams, 26, has been a Special Olympics athlete for nine years, but has bowled for 20. In addition to bowling, he also competes in basketball, softball and track and field with the Barren County Flames Special Olympics program.