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Special Olympics Bowlers Hit the Lanes for End of Season Competition

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) - Special Olympics bowlers from around the region hit the lanes in Albemarle County Sunday afternoon for their end of the season competition.

Volunteers and family members packed Kegler's Lanes to cheer them on.

The Area Three Special Olympics bowling league members showed off their skills in front of a big crowd at Sunday's tournament.

“It’s a day where the bowlers come out and compete and kind of show off their skills at bowling,” says Area Three bowling coordinator Kathy Young.

Coordinators say a large number of volunteers stepped up to help celebrate the hard work the athletes put into this season.

Special Olympics bowler April Jordan has been practicing for the last seven weeks to knock over more pins and put up more points for her personal goal.

“I like to bowl with my friends,” Jordan says. “I want to break 100 [points].”

Jordan joined about 75 other athletes in the final bowling competition of the Area Three Special Olympics season.

About 40 volunteers, including 13-year-old Evan Fenwick, stood close by to offer encouraging words and high fives for the athletes.

“We had an overwhelming number of volunteers that wanted to come out and help, so we decided to do something a little special,” Young says.

Fenwick started volunteering for the Special Olympics through his church five years ago.

He says the more people, the merrier to help out with an event this big.

“Usually there's just a few of us and we needed more, so we don't feel overwhelmed, so it really helps out,” he says.

It's help that makes the celebration even brighter.

“I like it,” Jordan says. “It makes me really happy.”

An awards ceremony was held at the end of Sunday's tournament.

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