Waunakee's Special Olympics (SO) team held bowling practice at Waun-A-Bowl last week, with approximately two dozen athletes participating in the exercise.  

A cross-categorical special-education teacher at Waunakee High School and first-year head coach for Waunakee's SO Bowling team, Sarah Artz helped coordinate the Nov. 11 event where bowlers spent an hour gearing up for a fall-competition season that will look different than years past. 

Special Olympics Wisconsin announced recently that it is hosting a modified bowling league for 2021, with athletes competing at their local bowling alley and submitting their scores to the organization at the conclusion of their events.  Southern state competition has been scheduled for December.  

"We have had some restrictions this year due to COVID, but I am super proud of everyone that kept coming back week after week to bowl, improve their scores and have fun," Artz said.  "I love the program because it gives our athletes the opportunity to get some exercise, make new friends and try something new."  

Artz credited Waun-A-Bowl for allowing her team to practice at its facility, and the Pro Shop at Bowl-a-Vard Lanes for providing ball- and shoe fittings for the athletes.  

She also thanked the program's five volunteers who help with communication, recording scores, assisting bowlers, and supplying shoes and balls to athletes. 

"I couldn't do it without them," Artz said.

Below are some pictures from last week's event.