In the Spotlight

Bowlers from Chester County will be competing in the Eastern Sectionals in Allentown, PA on March 27th. This year 30 individual bowlers, a team of 4, and 10 coaches will take part in the event. These athletes were selected from this year’s 247 bowlers spread throughout three bowling houses; Phoenix Lanes, The Downingtown Palace and Oxford Strikes and Spares. Our bowling training starts in September and runs through the first week in December. The season ends with the December tournament where bowlers compete to move onto the next level.

Our bowling program relies heavily on the money raised through the annual Bowl-a-thon. This year one of our bowlers, Rosie Caracciolo, raised just over $1400 on her own. Rosie went through her neighborhood, door–to-door and to local businesses to raise the money. Because of health reasons, Rosie had to be accompanied by her brothers, Russell and Jimmy. Rosie’s love of bowling brings her to the Phoenix Lanes for the early session so she may help out with the younger bowlers.

This year, Rosie will be cheered on by friends and family when we attend the Eastern Sectionals. Special Olympics of Chester County appreciates all that Rosie does for the program.

Two other bowlers were very successful in their fundraising as well. Those two athletes are Mike Pacitti (over $500) and Ashley Mandrusiak (over $200). The total amount raised by this year’s bowl-a-thon was $6,038 or about half of the cost of what it costs to run our bowling program.

We are always looking for ways to raise money to help support our athletic programs which we provide for approximately 1200 local athletes. Please continue to encourage your friends and family to donate to support your local Chester County athletes. Contact our office (484-320-8401) with any questions or suggestions regarding fundraising.