On Nov. 20-21, the Central Peninsula was able to send 12 athletes to Anchorage for the State Special Olympics bowling tournament held at the Polar Bowl center on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. These special representatives of the area have been practicing at the Alaska Lanes Family Bowling Center for the past three months along with 22 other special athletes. The Central Peninsula Team won 18 gold medals, 12 silver medals and 4 bronze medals. The Central Peninsula Special Olympics bowling team again won the state's highly coveted Special Olympics bowling trophy, which will be displayed at Alaska Lanes over the next 12 months.
Contributions raised by the Central Peninsula Special Olympic Torch run and the community's support of Friends of Athletes with Disabilities (FAD) made the trip possible. During the tournament nearly 300,000 pins were knocked down and some 300 volunteers, parents, and coaches assisted. The many acts of kindness which led up to this event and allowed representatives from the central Peninsula to attend and earn the right to once again bring home the trophy speak volumes to all involved.
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