Preparations for first Unified Bowling underway

Unified Bowling athlete Juman Arraseef gets fitted for a bowling ball by Jason Johnson of Let's Talk Bowling Pro Shop. LSW is one of six LPS high schools that will be participating in the inaugural season of the sport.

This is the first year for Unified Bowling and several Lincoln teams are getting ready for the first season which begins October 17.  Lincoln Southwest High School describes what's been happening as the team prepares.

With little over a month before practice and competition begin, the Lincoln Southwest Unified Bowling team is getting ready for the inaugural season. Participants met recently for shirt and ball fittings to begin to prepare for the NSAA's newest sanctioned sport.

"It's an incredible opportunity for our school, the district, and the entire state," said head coach Brandi Benson. "I think that this could really be something that brings the school together and starts to create a more socially inclusive culture within the building."

Unified Bowling combines equal teams of students with intellectual disabilities and individuals without intellectual disabilities. Team members are referred to as athletes and partners and bowl using what is known as the Baker format.

"I am so excited to have an opportunity to work with students from my school," said LSW partner Arabelle Jackson. "I look forward to making relationships with my bowling partners and competing with them."

Currently, there are over 40 teams throughout the state that have committed to the first year for the sport. Practices and competitions begin in mid-October and continue to the State Tournament at the beginning of December. A date for State is still being decided.

"What's exciting is that I get to be on a team," said LSW athlete Clint Adams. "I get to make friends and go Hawks!"


 Unified Bowling partner Hunter Paxson gets fitted for a bowling ball by Jason Johnson of Let's Talk Bowling Pro Shop.

Published: September 21, 2016, Updated: September 21, 2016