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A bowling alley in central Wisconsin hosted a tournament for athletes with intellectual disabilities.Submitted: 10/20/2019
A bowling alley in central Wisconsin hosted a tournament for athletes with intellectual disabilities.
Story By Zackery White

WESTON - Over 500 athletes with intellectual disabilities competed in this years R-2 Regional Bowling Tournament.

The event featured teams from Central and Western Wisconsin.

Amber Weinfurter, the athletic director of the event says she most impressed by the high level of sportsmanship among the athletes.

"To see the expression and the excitement and them cheering on people not only on their team," said Weinfurter. "It's the sportsmanship that is fantastic that you see at special Olympics is fantastic because they want to do their best and cheer everybody on."

The Special Olympics General Rules require that all athletes be examined by a doctor or a medical professional.

Dr Michael Clark, the clinical director of Medfest, says MedFest attended this event to make sure all athletes stay eligible

"Medfest is a sports screening program through Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program essentially what our goal here is to have sports physicals like many of our high school athletes go through every year but for our special Olympic athletes," said Clark

Clark says he enjoys creating bonds with the athletes.

"It's nice to be able to come out here and build those relationships and knowing you're helping build and serve the community and serving and under-served population," said Clark.

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