GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) It was a day of strikes, spares and fun for some District 51 students.
Orchard Mesa Lanes hosted a Special Olympics bowling tournament today for 145 students from 13 middle and high schools.
"Having a fun time, playing a sport that gives us a time to like be normal and just be ourselves," said Victoria Smith, an eighth grader at Orchard Mesa Middle School.
Some of the competitors have been practicing for the tournament for months, while others just came out to have a good time and get away from school for a bit.
"Some of us are bullied or even have trouble with school and where we can just let out our frustrations and be ourselves in sports," Smith said.
27 teams were formed based on ability to give all competitors a fair chance. Then after two games, the top scoring player from each team received an award.
Some of the players will go on to Denver to compete in a state tournament in November.
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