Special Olympics athletes bowl in south Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - A group of Special Olympics athletes from Jackson County bowled their way into Parkersburg on Tuesday.

They were part of a larger group that gathered at Pike Street Lanes in south Parkersburg to enjoy a fun day of bowling. It was part of an effort to keep the athletes well-versed in all kinds of sports, organizers said.

Special Olympics of West Virginia provides year-round sports training, competition and olympic-type sports for children and adults who are mentally challenged.

Frank Nester, director of Special Olympics in Jackson County, said Special Olympics allows the athletes to show off their skills while building life-long friendships.

"We try to do things that are lifetime activities," he said. "Bowling is something that our athletes can do for a long time. As you can see we start very young with our elementary students and we go up to our oldest athlete who is sixty nine years old this year."

The athletes are gearing up to compete in a statewide bowling championship next month in Charleston.