District 833’s Adapted Bowling League kicks-off inaugural season

District 833’s Adapted Bowling League kicks-off inaugural season
Posted on 04/17/2018

Students at East Ridge, Park and Woodbury high schools, as well as the district’s four middle schools, have a new option for spring athletics. Starting this April, students can compete in Adapted Bowling.

Students in grades 7-12 can compete in cognitively impaired (CI), physically impaired (PI) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) bowling through the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL). Each high school can have a singles team with five participants and a doubles team with six participants, allowing more students the opportunity to get involved than if the district operated a single team. 

The idea to bring adapted bowling to the district first came in April of 2017 when Park High School Special Education Teacher, Karen Buckeye, was on a bowling field trip with the Academic Behavior Communication Program students and staff. After seeing the students’ enthusiasm, positive socialization and sportsmanship during the bowling experience, Buckeye decided to look into bringing the sport to students across the district.

With the help of district staff and Joel Olson, who is the East Ridge High School Activities Director and MSHSL Liaison for Adapted Athletics, the dream is now a reality. Just one year after the field trip, the inaugural season has begun for all three teams and they are looking forward to developing the skills needed to challenge other schools in the state.

“We have had an overwhelming response to be a part of District 833’s first Adapted Bowling Team,” said Buckeye. “I look forward to watching this team grow in all aspects.”

One key to the early success is allowing students currently participating in adapted softball during the spring to take part in adapted bowling for no additional fee. Since softball runs Monday through Thursday, with no competition on Fridays, bowling games are held every Friday afternoon. The bowling season started on April 13 and continues through May 18.