Thursday, 28 March 2024 12:56

Ballston Spa Unified Bowling Team Captures Division Championship

The Ballston Spa Unified Bowling team poses after winning the Division 6 Championship.  Photo provided by Coach Rob Immel during the March 30 Board of Education meeting. The Ballston Spa Unified Bowling team poses after winning the Division 6 Championship. Photo provided by Coach Rob Immel during the March 30 Board of Education meeting.

BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa was one of six schools that launched unified bowling 14 years ago. Back then, the school struggled to find enough participants. Nowadays, not only is the team the largest in school history, but it also captured the Division 6 Championship earlier this month.

“We did have a successful year,” said Coach Rob Immel when his team was being celebrated by the district at the March 30 Board of Education meeting. “With unified bowling, one of my favorite aspects of it is the small celebrations, whether you get a strike, whether you win, get a spare, maybe even hit a pin, eat as many fries as you can; we celebrate all the successes.”

Unified bowling teams include a mix of people with and without disabilities. Students with limitations in adaptive areas (players) are paired with other students (partners). According to Special Olympics New York, bowling is a particularly beneficial sport to people with intellectual disabilities because it includes physical exercise, participation, and social integration.

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