A Day of Fun Competition

Taylor Wilcox helps a student push his ball down the ramp.
Photo by Madison Baber

Special needs students from all the elementary schools in the Mac cluster came together for one day of fun competition.

Raven Reyna high fives an elementary student.
Photo by Madison Baber

Every year, the PALs look forward to helping at the Special Olympics Bowling Tournament. They have one job, to make sure the elementary students have as much fun as possible.

“We were all paired up with a student,” Tyre Wilson, 12, said. “We got the kids bowling ramps and helped them get their bowling balls.”

Ben Saul and Parker Miller cheer on a student.
Photo by Madison Baber

The tournament was Oct 29 at Brusnwick Country Lanes. A few of the PALs described the students’ excitement as the best part of the tournament.

“Our job [also involves] encouraging the students,” Laura Diamante, 12, said. “I love to see the kids’ expressions.Even if they don’t knock down many pins, they are always glad to participate.”

Everyone went home a winner at the conclusion of the tournament.

“I enjoyed putting the ribbons around the students’ necks,” Madison Baber, 12, said. “[The experience] was just as rewarding for us as it was for them.”

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