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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Some of life's most precious

  • On Saturday I went to my brother's bowling tournament and banquet, sponsored by Special Olympics Area P, which includes Wayne, Pike, Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties.
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  • On Saturday I went to my brother's bowling tournament and banquet, sponsored by Special Olympics Area P, which includes Wayne, Pike, Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties.
    Though called a tournament, it is really about bringing all the participants together for a fun day of bowling, followed by a dinner and dance. Everyone comes home with some kind of award too.
    It's amazing that organizations like Special Olympics exist, allowing those with any disability to be part of something. It gives them a chance to feel accepted and do something that they love. What's neat about Special Olympics, too, is that it exists for many sports, bringing an even greater opportunity.
    More amazing still, is how these individuals respond to each other and the fun they have throughout an event, or simply getting together.
    It's not about winning for them. It's about the fun and being with friends. The groups start in September, meeting every Saturday for a few games of bowling. The tournament and banquet mark the conclusion until the following year.
    As these individuals spend time together, friendships build, and they continue to remain for a long time. It's a great social interaction for them as well. When the tournament comes, they get to bond with individuals from other counties, making it an even better time.
    Organizers of the event give out trophies based on scores for each lane, all the while making sure every participant goes home with a prize.
    It doesn't matter what they get a trophy for, or what place they end up getting in the tournament. Just that they get something at all, makes their faces light up.
    It doesn't matter who the winner is. They still cheer everyone on as their names are called. The same goes for the raffle that is held.
    These kids and adults who participate in Special Olympics are only after two things: fun and being with friends.
    At the end of the day it's the fact that they had a great time and can't wait to come back and do it all over again.
    A dance follows dinner and the awards, and again, it's all about having fun.
    It's seeing the looks on their faces that make me the happiest being there. They're all such friendly individuals and care about each other just as much as the next. They don't judge each other and they're all around great people.
    I learn from my brother every day, but I also learn from these individuals, who I have also had the opportunity to get to know better. They have the biggest hearts, and all they want is to be accepted and loved for who they are.
    Page 2 of 2 - Waters is a staff writer for The Wayne Independent and can be reached at kwaters@wayneindependent.com
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