Meet Special People at the Special Olympics
As a Nolin RECC member, you play a role in supporting a variety of programs that improve the lives of people in our local communities and Kentuckians across much of the state. Your co-op and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are again helping to sponsor the Kentucky Special Olympics Summer Games taking place June 1-3 at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. This event helps athletes with intellectual disabilities gain confidence through sports training and competition and it’s a great place to meet many special people.
One special person is Tonya Cornett. She is exceptionally articulate and serves as an ambassador for Special Olympics, a role that requires strengthening her public speaking muscles right along with those she uses to flip and fly as a gymnast.
The ring tone on Tonya Cornett’s mobile phone says it all. When friends and family call, the Olympic Games’ theme song plays. “I’ve been a fan of the Olympics for as long as I can remember, and I always liked watching gymnastics,” she said, explaining why she became a competitive gymnast.
The thrill of competition drives Cornett to adhere to a strict training regimen. For three to six hours a day, she’s in the gym perfecting a skill set that includes strength, agility and no small amount of fearlessness necessary to accomplish high-flying gymnastic routines.
Such dedication has been rewarding. A collection of gold, silver and bronze medals decorate the gymnast’s rural Bourbon County home. Cornett hopes to add a few more awards from this year’s games.
Besides athletes, you can meet special people who volunteer their time to make the Summer Games possible. More than 60 electric co-op employees and their family members volunteered at last year’s games. It’s gratifying to sponsor an event that brings together some of Kentucky’s most special people.
Nolin RECC and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are proud to sponsor the 2018 Special Olympics State Summer Games.