Mt. Vernon Register-News


August 17, 2013

Special Olympics volunteers needed

MT. VERNON — Volunteers are being sought for the Special Olympics Fall Bowling Tournament.

The annual tournament takes place on Sept. 11 at Nu-Bowl Lanes in Mt. Vernon.

"This is a very exciting day for the athletes, as bowling is one of the most popular of the 10 sports offered by the Area 14 program," stated information from Area 14 Coordinator Rhonda Knight. "However, for this event to remain a quality competition for the athletes, many volunteers are still needed."

Knight has said the bowling competitions, which are held in the spring and fall, are one of her favorite events.

"It's for all ages, so everyone can participate," Knight previously said. "And, it's not something that you have to be really athletically-inclined to participate in."

About 140 special athletes attend the fall event in Mt. Vernon. Those who earn a gold medal during the event qualify to advance to the sectional bowling competition, and those earning gold medals at sectionals move on to the state competition.

Volunteers are needed from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"If you cannot commit for the entire day, there are two shifts available, 8:30 to noon or noon to 3 p.m.," information states. "Lunch and T-shirt will be provided to volunteers."

Knight said the main job of volunteers is to sure athletes are bowling in the right order so the scores can be assigned to the right person, and to help distribute lunches.

Special Olympics Area 14 was founded in 1983, and provides programming for those in Jefferson, Edwards, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Marion, Pope, Saline, Wabash, Wayne and White counties. It serves more than 550 athletes.

Additional information about Special Olympics and volunteer opportunities is available by contacting Knight at 383-4400 or by email to

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