Bowling tourney to send autistic kids to camp

By: By Jasmine Hager - For the Daily Journal
Daily Journal file photo Madelyn Goodwin, 6, picks up a spare left by her mom, Gabrielle, who knocked down 9 pins with a baby in her other arm at the annual Strike Out Autism tournament at Striker’s Bowling Center last year. This year’s tournament will be June 11.

ROCKINGHAM – The Richmond County Chapter of the Autism Society of North Carolina, along with the Richmond Service League, will host its 8th annual Strike Out Autism event on June 11 at Striker’s Bowling Alley.

It’s $15 per bowler, $75 per team and for a lane sponsor and kids 12 and under are free. Teams consist of five players and they are allowed to bowl two games.

Chairperson Emily Tucker says the event brings awareness to autism and resources available to families.

“With the support of the community, we’re able to help many families and provide them with whatever help they need,” she said.

The proceeds raised from the event will go to help pay for a child or two to attend Camp Royall. Located near Pittsboro, N.C. it’s the nation’s oldest and largest camp for individuals with autism. Tucker’s son has been to the camp twice and she says she wants to provide other families with the chance to send their child.

“It was the best decision I’ve ever made,” she said. “Parents need a break and it gives their child a break as well. It’s a camp that allows them to have just as much fun as they would at any other camp.”

Teams and individuals can pre-register to bowl for a 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. start time. Pizza by the slice will be provided with a donation as well as soft drinks and desserts. Kids will also have the opportunity to win doorbuster prizes.

Tucker said the tournament usually raises about $12,000 each year.

Register by texting or calling 910-334-1363 or email [email protected]

Daily Journal file photo Madelyn Goodwin, 6, picks up a spare left by her mom, Gabrielle, who knocked down 9 pins with a baby in her other arm at the annual Strike Out Autism tournament at Striker’s Bowling Center last year. This year’s tournament will be June 11.
https://www.yourdailyjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_bowling_17.jpgDaily Journal file photo Madelyn Goodwin, 6, picks up a spare left by her mom, Gabrielle, who knocked down 9 pins with a baby in her other arm at the annual Strike Out Autism tournament at Striker’s Bowling Center last year. This year’s tournament will be June 11.

By Jasmine Hager

For the Daily Journal