Special Olympics North Carolina Athletes Excel at Special Olympics USA National Unified Bowling Tournament

unifiedbowling20163/23/16 Raleigh, NC – Two Special Olympics North Carolina Unified sports bowling teams from Davidson County competed in the Special Olympics National Unified Bowling Tournament in Reno, NV March 1-3, according to Keith L. Fishburne, president/CEO of Special Olympics North Carolina.  Through Unified Sports individuals with and without intellectual disabilities of the same skill level are paired on the same team to train and compete.

The Davidson Pin Busters, a Unified team of Garby Grubb, Jeremy Grubb, Stephen Trotter, and Christopher Barker won a gold medal in team competition. The Unified doubles team of Trotter and Barker took home a 6th place ribbon in doubles competition. The Unified doubles team of Grubb and Grubb won a bronze medal in doubles competition.

The Davidson Strikers, a Unified team of Matthew Kinney, Catherine Kinney, Matthew Hedrick, and Milton Hedrick won the fourth place ribbon in team competition. The Unified doubles team of Hedrick and Hedrick won 6th place ribbon in doubles competition. The Unified doubles team of Kinney and Kinney won bronze place in doubles competition.

The event was hosted by Special Olympics North America.  The Invitational was held in conjunction with the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Tournament.  The site of the competition in Reno was the National Bowling Stadium.

Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round sports training and competition for nearly 40,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These athletes inspire greatness through their success and provide motivation to the thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide. SONC offers Olympic-type competition in 19 sports on local and state levels. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at Engage with us on; and

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