Carter Selected to Coach Paralympic National Team
Tennessee State University Men’s Track and Field head coach Kelly Carter has been selected by the United States Olympic Committee Paralympics Division to coach the 2008 Paralympic National Team. The Paralympics will begin with the opening ceremonies on September 6th and will end on September 17th in Beijing, China.
Carter will serve as the assistant coach of the ambulatory track and field athletes and also the relay coach. Coach Carter has coached paralympic athletes since 2002, including Ryan Fann. Fann was a member of the TSU Men’s Track and Field team. In the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, Fann won a bronze medal in the 400-meter dash and garnered a gold medal on the world record 4x400 meter relay team.
“I am honored to have been selected to coach the 2008 United States Paralympic Team. With the incredible history that Tennessee State has with the Olympics, it is a humbling experience to be involved with an Olympic sponsored event,” said Coach Carter. “With Coach Cheeseborough coaching the Olympic team and me coaching the Paralympic team, it is definitely a milestone for TSU track and field.”
Coach Carter and the team will practice at Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan until September 4th before moving on to Beijing.
The Paralympic Games are a multi-sport event for athletes with physical, mental and sensorial disabilities. This includes mobility disabilities, amputees, visual disabilities and those with cerebral palsy. The Paralympic Games are held every four years, following the Olympic Games, and are governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).