Special Olympics State Bowling Tournament
DOVER, Del. – Over the weekend, about 500 Special Olympics athletes from across Delaware proved that having a disability does not mean you cannot put your best foot forward and achieve great things.
“It’s great for our kids to be healthy and moving and just having friends and just seeing them all the time and doing practices and events,” said Donnel Bailey, mom of Sasha, a Special Olympics athlete.
On Saturday, the annual Special Olympics Delaware State Bowling Tournament brought out these athletes, many of them breaking barriers.
“For me to see him go and accomplish and do stuff that doctors told us that he wouldn’t be able to do is wonderful,” said Bailey.
Bailey says her 26-year-old son Sasha is overcoming his battle with ADHD.
She says Sasha has reached huge milestones competing nationwide in track and field and on Saturday he took his passion for bowling to new heights.
“It shows that he’s going, that he’s paying attention and he’s loving what he does and for Sasha, for him to know that he did better than what he did last time, which was 102, that’s everything for him,” said Bailey.
And ultimately, organizers say, they hope these events will bring people of all backgrounds together and strengthen communities.
“It’s very important that everyone has the opportunity to experience just how able people with disabilities are and how that they can bring something to the table just like everybody else,” said Jon Buzby, media relations director for Delaware Special Olympics.
Organizers say these events not only teach athletes how to play the sport, but it also teaches them teamwork and how to interact in real-life situations.