Knights volunteer for Special Olympics bowling event

On Sept. 9, Knights of Columbus Council 8860 provided a team of six parishioners and Knights from St. Henry Parish in Rogersville to work as volunteer coaches for the Special Olympics at Warpath Bowling Center in Kingsport.

Christy Thacker, Area 32 Coordinator for the Special Olympics, said that this event was supported by six schools throughout the area this year, more than ever. Also included were adults from Rogersville’s Chip Hale House for the intellectually and developmentally disabled.

That morning at 9 a.m., the games kicked off with more than 100 athletes accompanied by their sponsors, eager to show off their skill at bowling. The games opened with an athlete reciting the Special Olympics oath and the National Anthem sung by a Volunteer High School volunteer. Most notable was the respect the athletes displayed toward each other and the camaraderie displayed throughout the day. Special thanks went to the coordinators and to the sponsors who support the Special Olympics throughout the year.

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