Nearly 400 Special Olympic athletes compete in bowling tournament

The Annual Black Hills Area Special Olympics Bowling Tournament
kicked off at Meadowood Lanes in Rapid City offering three sessions for bowlers to compete in. With 10 programs representing 7 different communities throughout the Black Hills, organizers say it's nice to see the athletes as they not only perform in the lanes, but also as they simply enjoy the experience.

Cathy Grubb, Black Hills Area Director, says "These events are wonderful because they get to focus on the abilities of our athletes. These athletes have been bowling since the end of summer preparing for this event and for the state tournament. They get to come here and showcase their abilities, the improvements they've made, see their friends, and just have a really good time."

The athletes that competed today will be eligible for the state tournaments allowing them to play alongside team members without intellectual disabilities. These will take place at the beginning of November in Aberdeen and Sioux Falls.