Black Hills Area Bowling Tournament Held for Special Olympics Athletes

RAPID CITY, SD (KOTA) — More than 330 Special Olympics athletes are competing in the Black Hills Area Bowling Tournaments, a two-day event that includes singles and unified categories

Today the athletes competed in the singles tournament, which is a traditional bowling tournament but with Special Olympics athletes. Participants were of all ages and genders.

The tournaments are hosted by Special Olympics South Dakota and allow athletes from across the Black Hills with physical and intellectual disabilities to meet and interact with each other.

“They all appreciate that; they look forward to it. I see athletes in public and they ask me ‘When are we bowling?’ “When is bowling?” And they love this place, they love to come and bowl and it’s just fun. You’ll hear shouting and shouting in the background and it’s just a good time,” said Brandon Wolfe of the Special Olympics Bowling Association.

Although the tournament is a competition, it’s less about winning and more about allowing athletes to socialize with each other in a fun and exciting way.

“I find the socializing is the best part of Special Olympics, everyone is included, no one is not included. My son has autism, and it allows him to come, and no one is judging, everyone is there to help. have fun,” said Amber Schweigert, coach of Spearfish Peaks, a team participating in the tournament.

The Unified Bowling Tournament, which brings together individuals of all skill levels to compete as a team, takes place on Saturdays from 1-3:30 p.m. at Meadowood Lanes.

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