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Special Olympics regional bowling tournament in Pueblo

PUEBLO – Families from across southern Colorado were in Pueblo on Saturday for the Special Olympics regional bowling tournament.

The lanes at Big Daddy’s Sunset Bowl were packed as more than 300 athletes competed for a chance to bowl in a state tournament next month.

Special Olympics holds competitions year-round in 19 different sports. The other fall sports include flag football and volleyball. Some teams traveled from as far away as Salida and Alamosa to take part.

“We want equality. We want to end discriminations against individuals who have a disability and they just want to say ‘hey look at my ability rather than my disability,'” said Michelle Pewters, Special Olympics Regional Manager

Several unified partners joined the athletes. A unified partner is a peer who does not have an intelectual disability that can help facilitate the game.

The Pueblo Knights of Columbus donated all the money necessary for the group to rent out the bowling alley for the day.

KOAA News5

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