Bowling event benefits Special Olympics

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Special Olympian David Bannan and his coach Beth Hix are training for the Special Olympics Nationals in New Jersey in June 2014. DAN BROWN/INDEPENDENT


On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, Swamp Fox Bowling Center in Moncks Corner was packed with people wanting to stay indoors for a good cause.
“Strikes, Spares or Turkeys” was a bowling event to benefit the Special Olympics, specifically some local bowlers trying to raise funds to continue competing.
“The fundraiser served a twofold purpose,” said Lynn Scott, area director for the Special Olympics. “To raise funds and bring awareness of Special Olympics bowling to Berkeley County where currently there is only one team.”
The Berkeley Strikers roll out of Swamp Fox Bowling Center and are coached by Gail Hurst. The team meets on Saturdays at Swamp Fox and faces rising transportation costs to carry athletes to local games, the upcoming state competitions in Columbia and the Fall Games in Greenville.
A total of 25 Special Olympic athletes comprised 23 teams.
“It was really fun,” said Sterling Fiddie, a member of the Berkeley Stags football team and a partipant in Sunday’s fundraiser.  “Everyone enjoyed themselves and bowled great. It was awesome to help out.”
Proceeds from the event benefit the Special Olympics South Carolina Area 6 that includes Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties with over $7,700 raised.
For more information on how to get involved, either through coaching, volunteering; or to become a sponsor of Special Olympics, contact Lynn Scott at lynnscott3227@gmail.com">lynnscott3227@gmail.com.

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