Feds Creek Girls basketball team inspiring many as they redefine winning

By: Hillary Thornton Email
By: Hillary Thornton Email

Fedscreek, Ky. (WYMT) - A girls basketball team in Pike County is learning much more than basketball skills this season and they are inspiring others by the way they play.

The game of basketball is about working together as a team. "We all fit together...we all love each other like one big family," says 8th-grader Kenzie Keene.

For girls at Feds Creek Elementary being a part of their team means much more than winning ball games.

Coach Shannon Keene says, "They would all stand up for each other at the drop of a hat, especially for Aimee and Lacy."

5th-grader, Lacy, and 8th-grader, Aimee, are not your typical ball players.

Coach Keene says, "Lacy loves basketball, she understands when I show her something, she pays excellent attention, and that is how we communicate."

Lacy is deaf and Aimee has Down syndrome, something many say you would never know from the outside looking in.

Beth Taylor, has a daughter on the team and says, "These girls don't see the disabilities these other two have, they are accepting. Too often in our society kids with disabilities are overlooked."

Chris Hagy, also has a daughter on the team, "Aimee and Lacy are making a statement when they step foot on the court saying, 'this is something I want to do like everyone else' and they are doing it."

"Aimee's mother asked if she could be a part of the team, and it wasn't even a thought...absolutely," says Coach Keene.

What Coach Keene didn't realize was the impact Aimee would have on the team and all who watch the Lady Vikings come together to play the game they love.

"We've probably learned more from her than she has from us this year," says Keene.

Towards the end of each game a timeout is called and Aimee enters the game.

Kenzie Keene says, "It makes her day...it makes everybody happy."

As Aimee's teammates help her get set up, the entire gymnasium comes together to help Aimee take her shot, and when she scores...everybody wins.

"Down the road you are not going to remember the wins and losses, but everybody is going to remember Aimee, and that's the most important thing," explains Keene.

The game of basketball will come and go but the lessons learned this season will last these girls and adults a lifetime.


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