In celebration of Black History Month, Special Olympics Florida will be recognizing the achievements of one African American athlete each week in February. The first athlete is Kenyatta Johnson, the Special Olympics Florida 2016 Athlete of the Year.
Kenyatta is an exceptional Special Olympics Florida athlete and an incredibly caring person. One of her many athletic accomplishments includes winning a gold medal at World Games in Greece, but her greatest undertaking has been legally adopting her niece to provide her a more stable home and becoming a mom.
Kenyatta competes in tennis singles, golf nine-hole singles, and Unified softball. She has also been the head coach for a Unified PeeWee basketball team at state games and was the assistant coach for athletics, all while training for tennis.
She was able to do all of this while still being a new mother, holding a full-time job with the St. Lucie School District, and being a certified ASA Softball Umpire and FHSAA Basketball Referee. Kenyatta has grown so much in 10 years; she is able to stand up for herself in ways never imagined, speak for herself and for the other athletes, and has the confidence to make decisions and defend her beliefs with resolve.