About 80 kids gathered at Strikers Bowling Center in Rockingham to participate in the Richmond County Special Olympics bowling tournament on Tuesday morning.
“These are all school age children, and they’ve been practicing for our county’s big tournament for weeks,” said Jeanine Wall, RCSO committee member and coach.”The older participants in the Special Olympics games will come later in the day.”
The spirit of the Special Olympics is that everyone is a winner. Event participation is meant to build self esteem and relationships.
Strikers opens its doors to let participants practice for eight weeks before the big tournament.
“We’ve competed in equestrian and bocce ball tournaments already,” said Cathy Hoggard, coordinator for RCSO. “We have athletics/track and field coming up.”
Anyone interested in volunteering with RCSO can contact Hoggard at 910-895-5946 or Lisa Lisk at 910-895-8466, ext. 16. If you would like to find out more about registering someone for the games, contact Melanie Mullis at 910-997-9805.
“This is a great way for people with disabilities, and their families, to form support groups and make friends they may not otherwise have had the opportunity to meet,” said Hoggard.
— Staff Writer Kelli Easterling can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at email@example.com