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Grand Slam for Special Olympics

Fairfax Adult Softball hits home run during annual bowling tournament.

Supporters of Fairfax Adult Softball, Inc. (FAS) united on Sunday, Jan. 29 for the 12th annual Bowling Tournament to benefit Northern Virginia Special Olympics and Fairfax County Park Authority field improvements. More than 240 participants contributed their time and spirits to raise nearly $13,000 in this year’s tournament.

According to FAS president John Carney, the group was approached by Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her staff in 1988 to assist in establishing a pilot program where special Olympians play softball alongside volunteers, known as special partners.

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Speaker Kevin Ogletree, assisted by his mentor Eileen Oviatt, presents his global message to open the 12th annual benefit bowling tournament.

"The commitment continues today," said Carney, who participates in the annual bowling tournament. "I am extremely proud of the work of FAS and delighted with the success of this year’s event, which realized our greatest benefit to date."

Bill Ogletree, the local Northern Virginia Special Olympics chairman, also participated.

"Special Olympics in Northern Virginia is very proud of the long relationship we have with Fairfax Adult Softball," Olgletree said. "The bowling event on Sunday featured one of our new Global messengers speaking to the packed house about the importance of inclusion and unity in our community."

Fairfax Adult Softball, a nonprofit which administers the largest adult softball program in the state, welcomes new volunteers. To find out more about programs, and to register to play, call 703-815-9007, or visit www.fairfaxadultsoftball.com.