- Over 500 bowlers competed in one of the more memorable bowling tournaments around.
It's the Special Olympic Regional.
"My coach told me, 'focus on the pins,' said Nikki Deditz - one of the Special Olympic bowlers.
The athletes receive many benefits from bowling, including physical activity and social interaction.
"Helps them work out, heart their heart rating going," says Lou Deditz, coach of Northern Access - a group based out of Eagle River area.
"Bowling provides the best of both worlds," Amy Johnson, Rhinelander coach added. "They're able to meet new friends and practice competition at their level."
So, how does it feel to knock down those pins?
Zac Lopas of Rhinelander is proud to say, "If I get a spare, I'll do the Aaron Rodgers belt thing."
Whether they're rolling a strike or gutter ball...everyone had a great time.
Bowlers who finish first, second or third will move on to Sectionals in Eau Claire on November 10th.
Story By: Marisa Silvas