Special Olympics bowling tourney draws hundreds of athletes

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EAU CLAIRE, WIS (WEAU)--Hundreds of athletes put on their bowling shoes and shined up their bowling balls for the Special Olympics Regional Tournament Saturday.

Organizers say it's one of the largest bowling competitions they've ever had with 455 athletes competing in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls. The athletes who competed today could qualify to move onto the state competition. But one thing these athletes know for sure is there's never a winner or loser in Special Olympics.

“Whether they do really well or whether they don't have a great bowling day, it doesn't matter to them. They're here, they’re having fun, it's about creating awareness for Special Olympics and it's about them having the opportunity to compete just like anyone else,” said Director of Development Karen Kraus.

More than 100 volunteers helped put on the tournament.

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