Special Olympics held their state bowling tournament on Saturday, September 9 at Brunswick Doverama, located behind the Rodney Village Shopping Center. One Milford area athlete, Danny Yonker, had a two-game score of 212 which earned him fifth place.
“Months of training culminate when more than 350 Special Olympic athletes and Unified partners, who are peers without disabilities, from across the state compete at the annual Special Olympics Delaware State Bowling tournament,” Kyle Frazer, SODE Senior Director of Sports, said. “Events include competition in singles, doubles, Unified doubles, bumper and ramp divisions.”
Frazer continued, explaining that bowling was one of the most popular sports among SODE athletes.
“One of the neatest things about our athletes participating in bowling is that they can then transfer what they learn when they have opportunities to bowl with families and friends in the community,” Frazer said. “We hear stories all the time from our parents about how great it is that their kids fit right in at a bowling birthday party or some other bowling event outside of Special Olympics.”
According to Frazer, the bowlers are both children and adults in the five SODE areas. These include the Wilmington Wizards, Newark Dragons, MOT Tigers, Kent Wild Kats and Sussex Riptide. Throughout the summer, bowlers practiced and competed at qualifying events before advancing to the state tournament.
An opening ceremony was held at the beginning of each flight and medals awarded at the conclusion of each flight.
The Core Values of Special Olympics embody culture, spirit and commitment to do the best at all times. These values guide and inform collaboration, innovative programming, the design and delivery of meaningful opportunities and promotion of understanding, acceptance and inclusion for the benefit of people with and without intellectual disabilities.
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