The Central Peninsula Special Olympic bowling tournament was held at the Kenai Alaska Lanes October 19th – 21st with individual and team competitions. The tournament was a qualifier for the state competition to be held in Anchorage November 22nd – 24th. Tina Strayhorn, Special Olympic bowling coach said the bowlers were really excited and greatly improved from last year, “They did really well and we had some additional athletes this year giving us a larger group and as a result 16 athletes qualified to advance to the state competition in Anchorage,” Strayhorn told the Dispatch. “The opening ceremonies were led by the VP/COO of Special Olympics Alaska, Nicole Egan. Destiny Schmidt sang the National Anthem and Officer Morgan Ezell of the Kenai Police Department led the athletes oath. The singles and doubles competition were held on Sat. The team competition was held on Monday and we were so happy that several of the Peninsula Brown Bears hockey team were on hand to present the athletes with ribbons and even served the cake that was donated by Three Bears of Kenai for our celebration and award ceremony,” she added.
Special Olympics Alaska provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, to demonstrate courage, to experience joy and to participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. According to Strayhorn there are many ways to support and volunteer for Central Peninsula Special Olympics, “Giving to local athletes is really easy by going on to the Special Olympic website and clicking on the FirstGiving link, there you can find our area and our athletes and by clicking on the Central Peninsula you can designate gifts with your credit card to local athletes or activities you want to support. Also there you’ll find our mailing address if you want to send a check to support our local Peninsula activities.
The Kenai Alaska Lanes have been very supportive of the local athletes and we would like to thank them and everyone involved with the Local Games and all those who came out to cheer for our bowlers. Congratulations to each of the 16 athletes who qualified to advance to the state competition next month in Anchorage and to each athlete who competed hard and did their very best.” There will be a Holiday Boutique Vendor Fair to benefit the Central Peninsula Special Olympics Thursday, November 14th from 3:00pm-7:00pm at the Quality Inn in Kenai where each vendor will be donating a portion of their proceeds to Special Olympics.