Special Olympians learn bowling is about more than splits, spares and strikes

Posted at 7:00 AM, Oct 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-29 10:14:27-04

DENVER -- Bowling is a game of splits, spares and strikes. 

And at the Special Olympics Bowling Tournament for Denver Public Schools, there is a lot of talk about strikes.

“How many strikes have you got in a game?” Denver7 contributor Hanna Atkinson asked one young bowler.

“Ten,” was the answer.

For students taking part in this year’s tournament, this was about more than bowling and spending time with friends. 

It was also a lesson and a reward.

“We use this as a social skills opportunity for them to work with their friends and their peers practicing taking turns,” teacher Katie Hendershot told Hanna. “They earn their privilege to come out here and they have a good time with their friends.”

Hendershot has been working with Special Olympics Colorado for five years, introducing their programs at the different schools she has taught at.

“To see the smiles on their faces at the end of the day that's the impact. That's what hits home for me,” she said.

You can learn more about the different programs Special Olympics Colorado offers on their website.


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