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Annual Bowling Event Brings Special Olympians and Volunteers Together

January 12, 2014

The Area 3 Special Olympics held their annual bowling tournament at the AMF lanes in Albemarle County.

“I’m feeling pretty good, I like to bowl,” says Justin Shifflett, Area 3 athlete.

This is Shifflett's second year participating in the tournament and he hoped to bowl at least a 90. With the support of volunteers that could be a reality.

There were over 70 athletes and nearly 40 volunteers at the tournament, with cheers coming from all sides of the alley.

“It's a life changing experience,” says Connor Fenwick, volunteer. “These people are the coolest people I've ever met and it's like a getaway from every day.”

Fenwick has been volunteering with the Area 3 Special Olympics for five years and loves having the opportunity to help. He says hanging out with Special Olympians helps him grow.

“Something small could mean something big so I like to learn that from them,” says Fenwick.

Tournament coordinators enjoy seeing volunteers and athletes having fun and being active together.

“It's just a great way for all the athletes and volunteers to get together and have a really fun time, for volunteers to be able to come out and help the community and for the athletes to show off their skills,” explains Kathy Young, bowling coordinator for the Area 3 Special Olympics.

The bowling tournament marks the end of the bowling league season, which is one of the many fundraisers they hold to benefit the Area 3 Special Olympics.

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