Village Bowl Hosts Special Olympics Bowling Event

Village Bowl Hosts Special Olympics Bowling Event

The Special Olympics kicked off their annual bowling event at Village Bowl with the opening ceremony.
 
Two of its athletes walked out with WFPD officers with the torch.
 
After the ceremony, it was time for the fun to begin.
 
"This is our annual Area 9 bowling competition. Something that we do every year. It's one of our largest turnouts we've had", Mike Strickland, Area Director of the Special Olympics said.
 
Over 70 athletes came out to bowl against the competition which was separated into 5 different teams.
 
The athletes themselves showed enthusiasm for putting their talents through the lanes.
 
"Doing bowling is a lot of fun and it's like a lot of fun. Doing a lot of stuff having a lot of fun", Skyler Brock, athlete apart of the Special Olympics said.
 
"I'm having a great time. I'm blown away with the most crowd they've had in a long, long time", Sean McGrath, athlete apart of the Special Olympics said.
 
Especially for the volunteers and staff members who devoted their time to set up the event. The joy it brings the athletes is rewarding to them.
 
"It's a blast to see our athletes have such a good time and you know gather around the lanes and show everybody what they have. So it's pretty fun", Strickland said.
 
Bowling is by far a favorite among the athletes.
 
"My personal favorite is the bowling, the power lifting, the soccer we just did", Brock said.
 
"Mine would be bowling because it's an indoor sport. It's like a lot of fun. I'm having a good time", McGrath said.
 
To these athletes, it doesn't matter who wins or who nails that impossible split.
 
The only thing that matters is having fun with some new buddies.
 
Next month, the Special Olympics will be kicking off their basketball season as their next sport.
 
The Special Olympics are always looking for volunteers and if you want to get involved, you can check out their website at specialolympics.org.

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