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Bowling Fundraiser Supports Special Olympics

Northern Virginia Special Olympics Chairman Bill Ogletree and son Special Olympics Global Messenger Kevin Olgetree present a thank you plaque to Fairfax Adult Softball President John Carney.

Northern Virginia Special Olympics Chairman Bill Ogletree and son Special Olympics Global Messenger Kevin Olgetree present a thank you plaque to Fairfax Adult Softball President John Carney.

Participants, family, friends and supporters of Fairfax Adult Softball, Inc. (FAS) united together in January for the 13th Annual Bowling Tournament to benefit Northern Virginia Special Olympics and Fairfax County Park Authority field improvements.

In attendance was the Northern Virginia Special Olympics, Area 26 Chairman Bill Ogletree. “Special Olympics in Northern Virginia is very proud of the long relationship we have with Fairfax Adult Softball,” he said. “They have provided fundraising events and volunteers for our softball and bowling programs for over 22 years. 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. We then had a fun afternoon of bowling as our athletes love to bowl.”

On Monday, March 18, at the board of directors’ monthly meeting, Fairfax Adult Softball President John Carney presented a proceeds check in the amount of $6,735 to Ogletree and his son, Special Olympics Global Messenger Kevin Olgetree.

As the largest softball group in the metro area, FAS was approached by Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her staff in 1988 to assist in establishing a pilot program where Special Olympians play softball alongside our volunteers, known as Special Partners. Hundreds of Special Olympians over the years have gained not only the enjoyment of competitive sports, but also the camaraderie, training and health benefits that sports can offer.

FAS supports such causes as Northern Virginia Special Olympics, Fisher House, and the Wounded Warrior Project each year to show commitment to the community it serves.