Competing in Special Olympics since he was 10-years-old, Kearney was excited to take to the track again by participating in the 200m Run and Long Jump at the 2017 Special Olympics Franklin County Spring Games. He had high hopes for himself before going into the competition, and was excited to do well in both events, but especially Long Jump.
“I like to jump far,” Kearney said. “Long Jump is my favorite thing to compete in.”
But basketball is a close second. A key member of the Bunn High School JV basketball team, Kearney showed his skills on the court this past winter. However, one of his favorite parts of being on the team is that his teammates showed him love all season long.
“It has been an awesome year being on the team,” Kearney said.
Basketball has become a large part of Kearney’s life. A huge Charlotte Hornets fan, Kearney stays up to date with his favorite team by watching NBA Gametime Live. Not only does he follow the show for live updates and analysis on his beloved Charlotte Hornets, but he also gets tips on improving his own game.
When Kearney is not draining jumpers on the court or racing around the track in Special Olympics events, he is taking time out of his day to volunteer for others. Kearney loves to help out at Relay for Life and Raleigh North Christian Church. After his uncle battled cancer, Kearney was inspired to join Relay for Life.
“I like promoting the cause and I really enjoy helping others,” Kearney explained.
Kearney is a wonderful example of how having a positive attitude towards yourself and others not only makes you a better athlete, but a better person and friend in your community.
Congratulations on being named SONC’s 2017 June Athlete of the Month, Shemar!
Team: Charlotte Hornets
Movie: Transformers Dark of the Moon
Vacation: South Carolina