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Special Olympics hosts bowling tournament

Bowlers received the required assistance as they participated in the Butts County Special Olympics bowling tournament Thursday, Sept. 13 at O’Hara’s Bowling Center in Jackson.

Bowlers received the required assistance as they participated in the Butts County Special Olympics bowling tournament Thursday, Sept. 13 at O’Hara’s Bowling Center in Jackson.

Butts County Special Olympics held a bowling tournament at O’Hara’s Bowling Center on Ga. Highway 42 Thursday, Sept. 13.

Twenty-one people with special needs bowled and received prizes.

Pattie Duffy, Special Olympics coordinator, said that the tournament is something that the participants look forward to, and that the events always draw a great turnout. She said that Special Olympics hosts the tournaments four times per school year.

“We have done this in the past and it has been a huge success,” Duffy said. “The participants get a chance to get out and show off their sportsmanship with their peers.”

Duffy said that the event is sponsored by Kohl’s department store, which provides bowling, food and prizes.

Duffy said that Special Olympics is open to anyone 8 years old, or older, who has been diagnosed with an intellectual disability.

“We don’t discriminate based on disability,” Duffy said. “We just want everyone who qualifies to come out and have a great time.”

Matthew Douglas, Special Education teacher at Daughtry Elementary, said that Special Olympics is a very important way for the kids to socialize with their peers, and also helps them with fine motor skills.

“I have worked with people who have special needs and discovered that the Special Olympics is a very important part of their lives,” Douglas said.

He said that even though the kids he works with every day are not old enough to participate, it is great for him to see other students he has taught years before come out and participate and have a great time.

Duffy said that some of the Special Olympics participants will participate in the Georgia Special Winter Olympics in Marietta in January.

She said that she has registered 25 athletes for the trip.

The winners of the bowling tournament were:

Anquavious Griffin — first place, Will Owens — second place, Steven Hardin — third place; 

Colby Williams — first place, Jack Williams — second place, Jumerya Lindsey — third place;

Kayla Wallace — first place;

Brandon Cox — first place, Justin Sexton — second place, Cody Long — third place;

Ken Cottingham — first place;

Leena Marquez — first place, Christina Marquez — second place, Destinee Troutt — third place;

Brandon Ramsey — first place, Claudia Rossen — first place, Matt Davies — second place;

Amanda Tanner — first place, Tiffany Rouse — second place, Tiffane Cassidy — third place.