Fulton Special Olympics partners with Rotary for tournament

Signups for Special Olympics Bowling have started.

This year, Fulton Rotary Club will sponsor 50 Special Olympic athletes who will participate in the annual bowling tournament.

Allen Huggins, Fulton Rotary president, said Rotarians will attend some of these practices, acting as coaches, scorekeepers and cheerleaders.

Debbie Luckinbill, coordinator for Special Olympics in Fulton, said having Rotary sponsor the bowlers this year is a great thing. Luckinbill said she could use the help from Rotary, as she was in need of volunteers.

Fulton Special Olympics started in 2004 in Callaway County.

For 10 weeks prior to the tournament, local athletes will meet once per week at the Fulton Bowling Center to practice. Practice leads up to the tournament, and there are 10 practices at the Fulton Bowling Lanes.

Athletes start practicing at 11 a.m. and end around 1 p.m., she said.

Signups will begin at noon Saturday at Fulton Bowling Lanes.

The bowling tournament will be held Dec. 3 at AMF Town and Country Lanes in Columbia.