NSAA Class “B” Unified Bowling Championship
6th Annual tournament held in Lincoln
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The NSAA along with the Special Olympics of Nebraska held the 6th annual unified bowling championship at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln.
The sport allows students who wouldn’t necessarily have an opportunity to compete for a school trophy a chance to shine on their campus. Carolyn Chamberlin, the president and CEO of Special Olympics Nebraska said, it gives the students “a chance to feel they are part of that school community, which improves the school climate for every student.”
For the NSAA, they put a lot of emphasis on the importance of this activity and what it can do to bring positive school culture into the building. Dan Masters, the assistant director for the NSAA, explained unified sports means a lot to the member schools and he’s talked to numerous athletic directors and they’ve gotten numerous positive comments and zero negative comments regarding the program.
Chamberlin has also heard positive feedback; she said she frequently hears from parents of students who are unified partners (they are students that do not have special needs) about how much the sport impacted their child, including their career path. She also says these students learn so much from the athletes of Special Olympics.
For Nik Sieck, a senior from York and a member of the Dukes bowling team, he was so excited to be taking part in his first ever championship. He said that he loved being with the team and cheering them on today during the championship game.
In the match York was battling against Ogallala. It was York’s second time being in the tournament and first time being in the championship game, last year they were knocked out in the semi-final round. Ogallala has never been to the tournament.
In a best three out of five match Ogallala won the first two games 137-123 and 182-157. York took game three 136-132 to keep the match alive, but in the fourth game York lost a lead in the middle frames from some clutch spares and strikes from Ogallala to give the Indians their first state title winning the game 134-108 and winning the match 3-1.