AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Opelika middle and high school students are training hard for the upcoming Lee County Special Olympics Bowling Tournament.
Every Tuesday, the students train at Auburn Lanes for the upcoming Special Olympics.
"Our guys don't get to try out for football or baseball or be a cheerleader, so the Special Olympics are very important to our children," said teacher Leigh Moore. "It also helps with transitional skills and it gets them out in the community and they get to the involved."
When tournament time rolls around, athletes are cheered on by the entire Opelika School System. There's a huge send off and a pep rally.
For teachers, it's rewarding to see their kids have a great time.
"So much joy I get overwhelmed sometimes, I'm excited for them I am excited for their families," said teacher Natalie Heyward-Williams. "They love it. They look forward to Tuesday morning's coming out to practice."
The Special Olympics Bowling Tournament is set for March 19 and 20 at the Auburn Bowling Lanes. The tournament starts in the morning, and the public is invited to come out and cheer on the athletes.