BANGOR – Schools like Hermon, Brewer, and Hampden have been competing against each other for trophies and bragging rights since they were founded, but the Special Olympics gives students at those schools the opportunity to experience that.
Brewer sophomore Jimmy Nile loves competing, “Yeah I love competitions between things.”
Special Olympics Maine gives him an outlet to put his skills to the test, and make a statement about his abilities, “proving people wrong, knowing that I can build up my standards and know that I can do something right.”
Nile competed in the regional bowling competition on Wednesday at Family Fun Lanes, that included school aged athletes from Hampden/Winterport, Hermon, and Brewer. He had previously competed in unified basketball for Brewer, as well as competing in school bowling tournaments.
These events give athletes the opportunity to compete for their school in a sport less common than those recognized by the MPA. “I think they’re all proud of their schools and being a part of something that has their name on it and they should all be very proud of it,” said Area Special Olympics Bowling Chair Sue Uhlenhake.
The competition is what brought Nile in to the sport, but the support from his friends is what keeps him going, “it makes me pumped up, it makes me very encouraged to go out and beat everybody in there.”