Lee County students compete in Special Olympics bowling tournament

Lee County students compete in Special Olympics bowling tournament

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - After weeks of training at the bowling lanes, more than 200 Special Olympians racked up spares and strikes while obtaining a whole lot of confidence and having a lot of fun.

The Lee County Special Olympics Bowling Tournament took place at AMF Auburn Lanes on Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20.

"This is what it is all about, this is what they have been training for all of the kids came out and cheered them on as they were getting on the bus this is what they look forward to," said teacher Natalie Heyward-Williams.

"Today is their day," added Dana Stewart, Director of Lee County Special Olympics. "It doesn't matter if they are in a wheelchair or in a walker, they get to come out and participate in a sport and their families get to cheer them on when they compete."

Luanne Helms, mother of Special Olympian Jake Helms, said her son loves it.

"Jake's been participating for 8 years and he looks forward to this every year," Luanne said. "It is one of the best school days. I just love watching him compete and participate in sports."

Teacher Hope Lollis said that the students get much more than just a fun experience.

"Confidence, just so much confidence," Lollis said. "I think they learn stuff here that we just can't teach them… I don't know, it's just great."

"They are learning fine motor skills and math skills and they are coming out here and socializing and just having a great, great time," said Heyward-Williams.

Lee County Special Olympics would like to send a big thank-you to the Auburn Civitan Club for providing drinks and snacks for the two-day tourney and to Auburn Lanes for hosting it.

Congratulations to the Olympic athletes!

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