August 3rd, 2012

Elementary Excellence: Pitt Academy

Sarah Newell

CSN Staff Writer


Elementary Excellence: Pitt Academy
photo from Pitt Academy Special Olympics Facebook Page

New school year brings new goals for sports

The following feature is a part of a weekly series called "Elementary Excellence" - a set of profiles that will spotlight Louisville area Catholic elementary schools and its athletic programs, teams, traditions and excellence in all aspects of sports. Do you want your school to be featured? Send us your recommendation to editor@catholicsportsnet.com.

With 15 years of experience as Pitt Academy’s Athletic Director and Special Olympics Coordinator, Kelly Moriaty says her work with athletics is more of a home run for her than anyone else.

“I get so much more out of working with the program than I give to it, honestly,” said Moriaty. “My child is 29, and she’s been out of Pitt Academy for awhile. I stay with the program because Pitt sports teach a life long athletic training program for students and former students who want to continue athletics for life. It’s very rewarding.”

Moriaty, a full time nurse who graduated from Mercy Academy and Bellarmine University, says she loves her work with all levels and ages of athletes. With a new school year starting next week, Moriaty says she sees a great vision for the Bears.

“My goal for this year is to bring home a lot of gold medals. Also, I would like to see more of the younger students participate, and I will talk at the Open House on Monday to get more students involved in the program. We have about 50 students at the school, K-12 grades, but 150 athletes involved in the Pitt Academy Special Olympics Program. Many students continue in our athletic program, which offers 10 sports, for years after they graduate. We have athletes ages 8-60.”

In the last 15 years, Moriaty has seen the athletic program achieve new heights on the playing field.

“We’ve had tremendous growth. We didn’t used to have softball teams and now we have six teams. We’ve gone from one basketball team to eight, and we’ve added flag football and we now have four teams in that sport. We have three soccer teams, two cheerleading squads, bowlers and swimmers. Our cheerleading team placed fifth in their national competition this past year in Atlanta,” said Moriaty.

With success coming around many sports arenas for Pitt Academy, Moriaty hopes to add volleyball into the sports offered with the program. She also looks for more student athletes to find their position on the field, court or pool to improve their physical, emotional and spiritual well being.

“We offer all levels of ability year round sports training for athletes with intellectual disabilities,” said Moriaty. “I can see how the athletes grow socially and athletically from the beginning. I can see where athletes go from not being able to dribble to shooting and scoring a goal. Parents can see how sports help the children work through extra energy, and that’s helped with behavioral and physical issues.”

With numerous volunteers and parents supporting the Pitt Academy efforts in athletics, socialization and teamwork are top priorities to the Special Olympics program.

Moriaty says she looks to keep cheering on the Bears one step at a time.

Said Moriaty: “This is a wonderful organization, and it gives the kids the opportunity to experience so much joy. Everyone here can meet with success because we break it down to level of ability. The first time the kids compete and win their race, it’s a joyful occasion.”

 

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