Muscatine Special Olympics on a Roll at State Bowling Tournament

Three Muscatine Special Olympics bowlers with their medals at the State Tournament in Cedar Rapids.

At the State Bowling Tournament on November 23rd, Muscatine Special Olympics (MSO) athletes distinguished themselves among the many individuals and teams competing. An exciting and fun outing for all, the tournament gave athletes a time to demonstrate both their skills and their sportsmanship.

At this year’s State Bowling Tournament, which took place at the Westdale Bowling Center in Cedar Rapids, twenty-one MSO athletes and three of their unified partners (unified bowling pairs MSO athletes with members of the community to bowl as a team) competed. According to Jason Miller, Director of the MSO, these bowlers brought back many medals, including nine gold, six silver, and three bronze, along with one sixth and one seventh place ribbon.

Over the course of the day, Miller witnessed many exciting moments. He elaborated, “there were some great match ups and some close games. We had a few athletes who came within a few pins of getting first place. Our athletes are great sports and recognize . . . we’d rather have close competitive games than blow outs.”

Along with showing off their sports and sportsmanship skills, MSO athletes enjoyed getting out and bowling several rounds with good company “They look forward to getting together with their friends, catching up, and having a good time,” said Miller.

As the MSO’s winter sports get underway, Miller and all the MSO athletes look forward to hosting the annual Vetter Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament on December 14th. An evening of three on three and five on five ball, it will provide a night of fun for all and a great chance for the MSO athletes to show their skills to the community once more.