Young Special Olympians have fun bowling

Published 8:57 pm Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Volunteer Catherine VanStone helps a young athlete determine where to aim his bowling ball. |Jeff Findley

Sixty-four youth and children, ranging in age from eight to 22, enjoyed bowling together in a Special Olympics competition held at the YMCA Tuesday.

“Everything went extremely well,” said Jim Beck, chairman of the Decatur County Special Olympics. “The athletes followed the Special Olympics motto of ‘Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.’”

“All of the participants showed true sportsmanship,” Beck said. “I especially want to thank all the Bainbridge High School students and adults who volunteered and did such a great job and YMCA director Ken Bailey and Langston-Gray Bowling Center Director Glenn Vowell for allowing us to use the bowling center for the competition.”

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Volunteer Roger Haire helps a young athlete push her bowling ball down a ball-guiding stand.|Jeff Findley