Meet Trista Kutcher
banner | June 13th, 2017
Trista Kutcher, 28, first competed in Special Olympics when she was eight years old. Her first sport was gymnastics. Trista excelled at gymnastics and at the age of 12 she was selected to attend the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Ireland, as part of Special Olympics USA. She won two Gold, two silver and a bronze medal.
Trista loved gymnastics so much she decided to branch out into cheerleading. She was on her middle school cheer team and made the cheer team in high school.
Not only does Trista enjoy gymnastics and cheerleading but she trains and competes in bocce, tennis, basketball, golf, swimming and bowling. She even competed at USA Games in Iowa in 2008 in tennis.
Trista’s involvement in Special Olympics has been a great asset to maintaining physical health and learning various sports. It has been a tremendous teaching tool for independence and presentation skills. As a Global Messenger, Trista helps promote Special Olympics within the community by making speeches and she loves meeting new people. Her social skills have been tested in many settings thanks to the opportunities Special Olympics has provided. She has learned and improved with each opportunity.
Her hobbies include doing Crossfit three times a week at Daniel Island Crossfit Discovery and taking Adult Hip Hop classes twice a week at Peace, Love, Hip Hop on Daniel Island. Her incredible hip hop dancing helped her win the spot as the Trivia dancer on Live with Kelly and Ryan this past summer in New York City. Ryan Seacrest commented on her stage presence (again a by-product of years of opportunities with Special Olympics). That TV appearance led to a chance to meet Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys the next morning on Good Morning America.
Beyond the playing field, Trista works as a pre-school teacher’s assistant at two local pre-schools and if her training schedule doesn’t keep her busy enough, Trista was recently surprised by the local manager of Bitty and Beau’s Coffee Shop, who announced that Trista was hired as the Charleston location’s first employee. Bitty and Beau’s Coffee Shop is run by people with intellectual disabilities and will be opening the Charleston location soon. She is excited about starting her new job and can’t wait to make sure every customer gets to enjoy service from Trista the barista! Check out the video of Trista finding out about her job – Bitty and Beau Coffee Shop Video