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Special Olympics bowling league starts in October

Sept. 14, 2017 

A Special Olympics bowling program will start Oct. 20 at Crystal Lanes in Corning.

The 20-week program for people with disabilities will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Fridays through March 2, and AIM’s consumers ages 8 and older are encouraged to participate.

It’s called the Bandits Training Club, and the club is affiliated with the Genesee Region of Special Olympics New York.

The club’s coordinator and coach is Tracie Johnson, who is a service coordinator at AIM. She has been involved with Special Olympics for many years and is now expanding the Bandits in this area and bringing more sports opportunities here.

Crystal Lanes will host the bowling club from 3-5 p.m. on Fridays. The fee is $7, which includes two games and bowling shoes. Ramps are available. Ryan Shafer, a PBA Tour bowler from Horseheads, will be available in the Crystal Lanes pro shop to help with equipment needs and give some friendly tips.

To sign up, email Johnson at While RSVPs are appreciated, bowlers can also just show up on Fridays at Crystal Lanes. Participation is flexible and participants don’t have to commit to the entire season. C-Tran, Chemung County’s bus system, can stop at Crystal Lanes on its Elmira-Corning route.

Following the season, Bandits bowlers can compete in Special Olympics regional tournaments in the spring.