WHO: Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) – Greater Houston Area
WHAT: SOTX bowlers have been training for eight weeks for the 2016 Area 4 Bowling Competition. They are prepared to compete in one of six divisions based on ability, including: singles bowling, ramp assisted, ramp unassisted, doubles, Unified Doubles and teams. Awards and ribbons will be presented following the competition. Bowlers 12 years and up will be aiming to qualify for the statewide competition, which will be held Feb. 2-5, during the 2017 Winter Games in Austin.
VISUALS: Without the use of bumpers, each competitor will approach the lane and bowl. Athletes in the singles competition will bowl by themselves. During the ramp assisted competition, volunteers will help athletes with limited mobility position the ramp and place the ball, then the athlete will push the ball down the ramp. Those competing in the ramp unassisted event may not have the strength to roll the ball by themselves, so they will position the ramp and push the ball down the lane. The Unified Sports division feature athletes with and without intellectual disabilities competing on the same team.
FEATURE: Athlete Brendan West (Deer Park, TX) was born with Roberts Syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes delayed development of facial features and limbs. Because of this, Brendan (pictured right) was
born without arms and uses a wheelchair, but none of that has not stopped him from showing off his skills at the bowling alley and on the basketball court. With great help from his coach, Jeff Green, Brendan is able to bowl strikes and shoot hoops with his feet. This past October, Brendan was recognized as SOTX’s statewide Athlete of the Year for the 15-21 age range. Brendan will bowl on Friday at 9:30 a.m. on Lane 35.
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 2 at 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
WHY: Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and
respect. SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 55,200 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646. Engage with us on: Twitter@SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX;youtube.com/specialolympicstexas. Visit the SOTX – Greater Houston Area Facebook page at fb.com/SOTX4.