The Bath County TRACKCAT Unified Team was pictured in the Special Olympics of Kentucky’s Unified Champion Sports page.
The 2018 Track season was the first Unified Sports program at Bath County and concluded with the team competing in the KHSAA State Track & Field Meet at the University of Kentucky Outdoor Track & Field Facility.
Unified Sports unites Student-Athletes with intellectual disabilities and their partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) as Teammates for training and competition. There are many benefits including Sport-Specific Skill Development, Self-Confidence, Social Competence & Inclusion, Mutual Understanding, Friendships Beyond the Playing Area, Positive Approach, and Team Cohesion verses Individual Skills.
Bath County’s Sole Athlete this past season was 7th grader Austin Bowling. Austin is a fine Athletes and loves to be around the Team and Teammate. Austin competed with his Teammates in the 2×50 Meter Relay and the 100 Meter Dash in several Varsity meets including the Eastern Kentucky Conference, KTCCCA Area 7 Championship, TRACKCAT Cool-Down, Region 7A Championship and the KHSAA Class ‘A’ State Track & Field meet.
The Unified Team partners this year were Jaycie Bussell and Hadley Alderman. Jaycie and Austin competed together in the State Meet.
Last year the Team promoted the campaign to ‘Spread The Word To End The Word’ which was signed by hundreds of Bath County Students and Teachers in all four school. The SOKY supplied the banners and the ‘RESPECT’ awareness bracelets that were passed out to each individual that took the pledge.
The TRACKCAT Ladies also volunteer their services every year at the Kentucky Special Olympics State Championships in Richmond on the campus of EKU. The girls work the Track Staging Area throughout the day and assist later that evening at the Athletes Dance.
“Long May you Run”