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Bowling with Badges to benefit Special Olympics

Bowling with Badges to benefit Special Olympics
Published: Jul. 19, 2017 at 4:10 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2017 at 6:29 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - From the youngest of bowlers to the old pros, there may have been more smiles than strikes to go around at the Cardinal Lanes Bowling Alley Saturday.

"You can't not have a smile on your face and our athletes are amazing individuals that everyone should get to know," said New Hanover County Special Olympics Coordinator Tiffany Lesley.

The UNCW Police Department held the first Bowling With Badges to benefit the Special Olympics North Carolina.

Officers with the UNCW Police Department said it is a cause officers say is close to their hearts.

"You can see the joy and see the effects on the faces of the athletes and anytime you go to the event it's obvious and you can see it accomplishing the mission that it set for itself," said Officer Erin Bray.

Police officers, community members, and Special Olympics athletes of all ages spent the afternoon bowling.

The event raised about $700 before it even began.

Special Olympics relies solely on community fundraisers for support.

To run the program it costs about $50,000 per year, but that money serves more than 500 local athletes at no additional cost to them.

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