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Stephen F. Coston
On a Saturday in March at Hudson Lanes in Jersey City, two Special Olympics bowlers from NJ competed dramatically, as if both were in the Professional Bowlers Tour.
I got a second place here in Rochester, NY at the bowling tournament and I thought that was great.
By Reuven Astrachan
"Special Olympics World Games 2015"
I went to the games as a Unified Ten Pin Bowling Head Coach with a unified pair with team South Africa.
'Sweet and Short'.
We went there with my team as just a team, and we came back unified, buddies and greatest friends. As i type this now,
This was my first year volunteering at the Special Olympics in Columbus, Ohio for the Summer Games I will say that that was my first of many years to come.
Sam Wiley, who has Down syndrome, won gold in Special Olympic Bowling at Haslett High School. He is legally blind and has an intellectual disability.
I got involved with Special Olympics through Prairie Schools. I love it and it is a fun way to meet new people and a good way to also be able to enjoy what you like to do best.
Gail Tudor - Special Olympics Nebraska athlete
I got to meet Eunice Kennedy Shriver at International game in 1991 the day after I bowl 259 with 8 strikes.
Special Olympics welcomes applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. The application deadline is July 1.
Mr. Stephen F. Coston and Linda Coston
Stephen's moment of truth came in 2009 when he shot his highest score with 11 strikes in a row for a 290 games. He shocked the whole entire amateur bowling program and showed what inclusion and unified sports is all about.
I got involved in Special Olympics in 1999. My first event was soccer. I remember loving it. I used to do all the sports, now I do track and field and bowling.
I started Special Olympics at 8 years old in New Jersey. I did track, bowling and other sports. When I was in New Jersey, I made lots of friends that are special like all of us.
Special Olympics PEI
Rachel Riback, Yael's mother
University of Mary Athletics
Every year, University of Mary student athletes volunteer their time and efforts at the North Dakota Special Olympic State Bowling Tournament in hopes of touching the lives of intellectually impaired athletes.
Reuven Astrachan, SO Israel
VIVIAN ELAINE VIGIL
July 13, 2013 changed my life. I joined Special Olympics Bowling. That was my first game and it led me onto going every Saturday morning going to different bowling facilities.
I have been on bowling leagues for over 40 years and this year on one of my leagues we have a special boy names Zac. He's a Special Olympics athlete with autism and a fantastic bowler.
I had a dream that I would travel and compete with other bowlers. I want to say thanks to Special Olympics for helping me keep my dream true.
Jan Williams/ Head Coach/Wales
I heard this comment by an athlete bowling at the Great Britain Games in Bath. One athlete had just had five strikes, and another athlete said, "Two strikes is a double, three strikes is a turkey, four we say is a double double. What is five strikes?"