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Special Olympics kick off with bowling tournament

A special group of East Texas athletes could probably give some professionals a run for their money. The Special Olympics of East Texas kicked off their annual regional bowling tournament today. KLTV 7's LaKecia Shockley has this striking story.

They've traveled from all over East Texas.

"We had a long bus trip up here and we got stuck with some fog but we got through it," said Kasey Ivey of Hudson ISD in Lufkin. "We're coming here, bowling a good game and I just enjoy a lot of it."

300 athletes, bowling their hearts out.

"It's just like any competition their aim is to win but over all we want everyone to have fun," said Courtnee Garcia, the area director for the Special Olympics.

And fun is just what they're having.

"I am a super athlete!" said Cathie Richie, from Kilgore.

"Bowling is kind of...it's fun and excitement," said Andrea Carroll of Joaquin.

"I'm a champion!" said Chris Williams.

Kasey Ivey of Lufkin won the first gold medal tournament. So what's this Olympians favorite thing about this sport?  

"Knocking the pins down...knocking them out! And I love getting the medals," said Kasey.

Chris Williams is a modest medal winner.

"I try to bowl 140..but I couldn't do it so I just tried my best...that was for a good effort," said Williams.

Cathie Richey knows her bowling, so we asked her - what does it take be a good bowler?

"All you have to do is take a deep breath don't let your mind get off and just keep on focusing so that's how you do it," said Richey.

With knockouts like this, it's no doubt that all of these athletes are true winners.

"It's always a special thing to make someone smile and to see the athletes come out and compete and the families enjoying it. It's a wonderful thing," said Courtnee Garcia.

LaKecia Shockley, reporting. lshockley@kltv.com

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