Being a part of this fun event with the amazing athletes of Special Olympics Illinois will leave you with a sense of pride and an unmatched warmth of heart. At the writing of this blog they were still in need of around 100 more volunteers for the event.
The Special Olympics Illinois Bowling Tournament will take place beginning at 8:30 AM with opening ceremonies Saturday, August 26th, at Landmark Lanes in Peoria.
The press release about the event from Special Olympics Illinois is below.
Thanks to any and all that are able to help out with this event from Bloomington-Normal’s #1 Country and Special Olympics supporter, B104!
By: Buck Stevens
Special Olympics Press Release 8/18/17:
SPECIAL OLYMPICS ILLINOIS HEARTLAND/AREA 6
BOWLING TOURNAMENT SET FOR SATURDAY
NORMAL, Ill. — Special Olympics Illinois Heartland/Area 6 annual Bowling Tournament is set to take place Saturday, Aug. 26, at Landmark Lanes in Peoria. Approximately 303 athletes from 18 agencies will compete in a variety of formats that include ramp, individual, doubles and team bowling. The tournament will begin at 9 a.m., following Opening Ceremonies at 8:30 a.m.
Bowling is one of Special Olympics Illinois most highly participated sports. Special Olympics Illinois Heartland/Area 6 Assistant Director Bailey Brenner attributes the numbers to the sports adaptability.
“Bowling allows our athletes who have a range of ability levels to participate,” said Brenner. “Ramp bowling is a great event for athletes learning to bowl and for athletes in wheelchairs. While we do offer a traditional individual competition, athletes also have the opportunity to compete as doubles or on a team of four.”
All athletes participating have practiced for eight weeks prior to the Area Bowling Tournament. Individuals and teams who receive a gold medal at the Area Tournament will advance to the Sectional Tournament held Oct. 14 at Landmark Lanes. Gold medalists from the Sectional competition will then advance to the State Bowling Tournament held Dec. 2 also at Landmark Lanes.
Volunteers are still needed to help present awards and be lane supervisors. If interested, volunteer registration is available online at: http://cerv.is/m?0117gLeTrsi.
The Illinois Knights of Columbus, Law Enforcement Torch Run and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois are Official Partners of Special Olympics Illinois.
Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 17 sports for nearly 23,000 Traditional Athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 22,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support. If you are interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact your local Special Olympics agency, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website at www.soill.org.
Special Olympics Illinois Heartland/Area 6 encompasses the counties of Peoria, McLean, Tazewell, Mason, Woodford, Dewitt and Livingston and serves 1,125 athletes.
To get involved in Special Olympics Illinois Heartland/Area 6 as an athlete, volunteer or coach, contact Bailey Brenner at 309-888-2551; or email at email@example.com.