Emily Tritt has been involved with Special Olympics Tennessee for the last five years, participating in volleyball, basketball, flag football and bowling. She states that her introduction to Special Olympics Tennessee came from area director Donna Webb, who invited her to join the program in the Fort Loudoun area.
Recently, Tritt had the opportunity to throw the first pitch at a Tennessee Smokies baseball game, alongside two other Special Olympics Tennessee athletes. From being on the field to receiving autographs on her baseball, this experience was nothing short of amazing for Tritt.
“I got my first baseball at the Smokies game,” said Tritt. “I helped people down to the field and threw the first ball. I got two autographs on my ball, too!”
Tritt also competed with the Loudoun Tacos Unified Volleyball team at State Summer Games in May at Lipscomb University. She assisted in leading her team to victory through the competition and earned a gold medal to end her Summer Games experience. Tritt and her teammates were ecstatic to have won the tournament and supported other athletes at various competitions.
“My favorite part about Special Olympics is that I can make new friends,” Tritt mentioned. She added that each team she competes with includes different athletes, so the opportunities to meet new people are endless. As previously mentioned, Tritt attended different sports competitions, when not competing in volleyball, and cheered for new friends from across the state.
Tritt is not just a passionate athlete; she is an enthusiastic sports fan as well. Baseball and soccer are her favorite to watch, but she will watch any of them in her free time. Aside from playing sports, Tritt enjoys going for long walks with her dog Annabelle and running.
In the future, Tritt hopes to become a basketball coach with Special Olympics Tennessee and in the Fort Loudoun area. She is eager to learn how to be a coach and help other athletes become better basketball players. She currently is passionate about helping others and being a team leader, which inspires her to become a coach.
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