Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Hood River’s Special Olympics athletes and coaches are gearing-up and gathering donations for one of the local program’s biggest fundraisers of the year – Bowling with the Cops and Firemen. The event, in its ninth year, will take place Oct. 27 at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes Bowling Alley and will pair Gorge-area Special Olympics athletes with and against local police officers and firefighters in a friendly but fiercely-contested roll-off.
As a fundraiser for the year-round program that involves several sports, Special Olympics athletes collect donations from community businesses and individuals, who pledge either a flat donation or a set amount for every pin their sponsored athlete knocks down during the event. Coaches are also gathering donations from businesses in the form of products or gift certificates to be used in a raffle during the event.
Bowl with the Cops and Firemen helps support about 50 local athletes, most of which participate in one or more of the program’s many sports throughout the year, including track and field, bocce ball, aquatics, bowling and skiing. In addition to providing a local outlet for positive physical activity and socialization, the program gives participants the opportunity to travel to and compete in regional and state contests and, for those who excel, the chance to represent the Gorge and Oregon in the International Games.
Anyone willing to sponsor an athlete or donate to this year’s event is asked to contact organizer and coach Anna Schwebke at 541-806-0719 or Terry Cannon at 541-806-0531. The program is also in need of volunteer coaches for all of its sports. Contact Schwebke or Cannon for more info.