Tyler Steinke (center) hangs out with Urbandale Junior Varsity Bowling teammates, Nate Cooper (left) and Lucas Knoll (right) at the meet against Dowling Catholic High School.
Urbandale High School Iowa sophomore, Tyler Steinke, has been part of Urbandale sports, managing and practicing, but had never played with the team. This year, through much training with Special Olympics coach Dylan DeClerck, Tyler was asked to bowl for the Urbandale Junior Varsity Bowling Team. Although Tyler has bowled for Special Olympics Iowa events since 4th grade, this is his first year on the team and has already contributed to their win against rival high school Dowling Catholic. “The doctors told us he would never walk or talk. At the time we were not quite sure what we were going to do, and now look how far he has come,” said Tyler's mom, Terri. Aside from bowling, Tyler competes in basketball, track, softball, and golf; and at age 10 became the youngest Global Messenger in Special Olympics Iowa history. Tyler’s positive attitude was obvious at the meet as he fist bumped his teammates and waved to his fans. “The best part about bowling is that I get to do this for a lot more years,” said Tyler.
About Katherine Menard: As the 2014 Special Olympics Iowa Fellingham Intern it has been an honor to work such a passionate group of people. My background is in marketing, public relations, and event management which has allowed me to work closely with the marketing and development departments at SOIA. I will graduate this May from Iowa State University in public relations and event management.