At the bowling alley, we met Carlos, Greta and Gary along with their Direct Support Providers (DSPs). Now, honestly, I am thinking, how in the world are these guys and gals going to bowl given their physical challenges? The more I learn, the more I realize how little I know. This bowling alley has a Ball Ramp which allows individuals who are unable to throw a bowling ball in the traditional manner to participate in bowling. These guys and gals evidently are regular bowlers, and they were ready to go!
Accommodation equipment in place, bumper pads and all, it was “game on!” I watched from the back as the DSPs set up the player roster and picked out bowling balls for the Campus King Pins. Everyone was playing but Gary who opted for a nap. The DSPs would make the assists. Connie was first up, giving the bowling ball a good “heave-ho” to score. Lisa wasn’t as alert as before, but with Ashley’s help, she would participate using a unique bowling technique: the Footin’ Move. Lisa moves her legs easily, so Ashley would position her foot on the ball and encourage Lisa to push it. Greta, ever the competitor, had solid follow-through in her ball execution down the ramp. Carlos, the most eager of all players to the point of crowding the others as they took their turns, gave his moves some serious consideration before bowling for a score. For ten frames, all would watch in anticipation as the ball rolled slowly down the lane with cheers or groans ensuing. There were plenty of Junk Balls, a few strikes with a Late Ten, some Love Taps, and lots of Makeable Splits. When it was all said and done, Lisa, with her slick Footin’ Move outscored them all for the win!
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