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Special Olympics event held at Longview bowling alley

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

Throwing strikes, and "mowing them down," are all part of an East Texas Special Olympics event.

At Longview's "Oil Bowl," hundreds of special Olympians took their shot at trying to qualify for the state event in January.

Men and women with mental and physical disabilities came from all over East Texas to compete.

Organizers say it means more than just bowling to those that participate.

"It's great, it's infectious too, to see the high fives, the hugs, the excitement from bowling a strike or getting a spare...especially when the awards ceremony comes around," said Anthony Key, Area 7 Special Olympics Texas Director. "So its just a great way to forget about their day-to-day stuff, and focus on competition and work towards that gold medal."

This is the 25th year for the event. Nearly 400 competitors from 11 different counties participated in the event.

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