Area-Wide Special Olympics Bowling Competition At Western Bowl

AMARILLO - Western Bowl hosted around 280 Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) athletes from the Panhandle Area on today for the Area 16 Bowling Competition. 

The tournament consisted of two shifts, running from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

For years Special Olympics Texas athletes from the high plains have been showing off their skills here in Amarillo at Western Bowl.

Jacob Ray, the area director for SOTX says, "This is a competition we want them to play hard against each other and that's why it's heated like it is we put them in heats based on their skills so they can be as competitive as possible."

Ray says he's only been the area director for a little more than a month and setting up this event so quickly took a lot of help.

"I've been almost manic trying to get this all going, you know, trying to learn the job and they've been so supportive at really just reinforcing me to know that I can get this done," says Ray.

One thing about this bowling event, it's a lot more like a party.

Andrew Cortez, an event volunteer says, "The athletes are just tremendous. I mean, the love that they show to everybody. Their competitive spirit is amazing. You can go out there and watch them and they just absolutely love what they do. It's always fun to see smiling faces."

Athletes, ranging from 8-67 years old, will participate in ramp bowling or singles bowling. 

All bowlers 12 and older will be eligible to compete in the statewide tournament at Special Olympics Texas Winter Games, which will take place in Austin from Feb. 2-4.

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