Special Olympic athletes take part in bowling tourney

Saturday, Oct. 29, was the New Hampshire Special Olympics statewide bowling tournament. All of the athletes for Special Olympics New Hampshire participated in their communities in various bowling tournaments, ranging from singles, doubles and unified bowling.

Tournaments were held at 10 different bowling alleys offering both candlepin and tenpin bowling. The event was held at Leda Lanes on Amherst Street. A large amount of teams from southern New Hampshire bowled in the morning and afternoon.

Nashua Special Olympics had 42 bowlers compete in the morning. All of the bowlers did great, with Nashua receiving a lot of gold medals. More importantly, we had several first time bowlers who enjoyed the sport, as well as the camaraderie that participating in a Special Olympic event offers.

One athlete stated that this was her first sport that she participated in with Special Olympics. She enjoyed it so much that she is now considering playing basketball staring this January.

None of this would be possible without the dedicated volunteers and coaches, who help make these events a success. We also thank Leda Lanes for their wonderful facility and hospitality. The staff at Leda Lanes is instrumental in the success each athlete achieves every year. We also thank the Knights of Columbus and local law enforcement for volunteering their time to cheer on all the athletes, and present them with awards at the end of the tournament.

As we wrap up the fall season and look toward winter, we need volunteers and/or coaches for our winter sports, including swimming, basketball, snow shoeing, Alpine skiing and cross country skiing. If interested, please contact New Hampshire Special Olympics at www.sonh.org or www.nashua special
olympics.org.

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Nashua Special Olympics