On Saturday afternoon Dodge City will play host to the first half of a two-part bowling event by the West Region Special Olympics.


     On Saturday afternoon Dodge City will play host to the first half of a two-part bowling event by the West Region Special Olympics.
     The event at Spare Tyme Bowl will feature nearly 200 athletes from the Special Olympics program, with 80 of those bowlers coming from Dodge City.
     There will also be teams competing from Garden City, Great Bend and Ulysses.
     One of the special pieces of an event like this is the work of the volunteers who make it possible.
     "Coach (Dennis) Hamilton from Dodge City High School is bringing some of his basketball players to help out," said Michelle Motherwood, a key member of the Special Olympics putting this event together. "The young athletes will assist in helping the bowling run smoothly as well as hand out medals at the end of the event."
     Motherwood has been assisting the West Region of the Special Olympics for the past decade, saying the work has all been worthwhile.
     "It's important to get the regular kids involved with the young special education athletes to accept them as individuals and to get to know them as people," Motherwood said.
     This event would not be able to run if it weren't for the diligent work of the volunteers and two key people: Rod Sutton, who is the Dodge City program coordinator, and Kim Pianalto, director of the West Region Special Olympics.
     Admission is free for whoever wants to attend and show their support for these amazing athletes.
     The tournament will be split up into two groups to accommodate all athletes with the festivities beginning with team check-in at 8:30 a.m., opening ceremonies at 9 and competition getting under way at 9:30.