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High fives, laughter, and inclusion; Unified bowling continues to grow as a Section VI sport

Posted: 4:17 PM, Feb 11, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-11 16:18:01-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Unified bowling was introduced as a Section VI sport three seasons ago.

In just a few years, Western New York has seen a lot of growth when it comes to unified bowling and schools getting involved. This season welcomed teams from Alden, Amherst, Grand Island, Silver Creek, Fredonia, Orchard Park, and West Seneca.

Unified sports give any type of athlete the chance to compete. The sport combines athletes (players with intellectual disabilities) and partners (players without intellectual disabilities) to create teams for competition. The athletes and their partners play alongside each other to show the importance of inclusion.

The hope is that more unified sports, to go along with basketball in the Spring, are added in the future.

You can find some of the other unified stories WKBW has featured at the following links:

January 2020: https://www.wkbw.com/news/local-news/an-extraordinary-bond-formed-by-unified-bowling-at-starpoint-high-school
May 2019:https://www.wkbw.com/sports/high-school/unified-basketball-bringing-everyone-together-through-daytime-games
May 2019: https://www.wkbw.com/news/local-news/celebrating-disability-awareness-week-on-the-court
April 2019: https://www.wkbw.com/news/eye-on-education/new-york-state-stops-some-special-needs-athletes-from-playing-sports
May 2018: https://www.wkbw.com/sports/high-school/unified-basketball-unites-two-wny-high-schools
February 2018: https://www.wkbw.com/sports/high-school/unified-bowling-makes-its-way-to-section-vi