Special Olympics Louisiana Capital Area athlete, Hayes Howell has been chosen to compete in the 2012 North Pointe Junior Gold Championships! This is a HUGE honor as Hayes is the first Special Olympics athlete to ever qualify for this tournament!
The tournament will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 14-20, 2012. The North Pointe Junior Gold Championships is an annual national tournament for the top male and female youth bowlers in the United States. The tournament awards $250,000 in scholarships and youth bowlers also have the opportunity to earn a spot on Junior Team USA. Hayes is one of 14 boys who will represent Louisiana in this competition in the under 20 yrs. old category. Hayes’ scores from previous prestigious tournaments have qualified him to attend this national championship. After speaking with Hayes, he remarks that he is “very excited and proud” to be attending.
Each year Special Olympics Louisiana recognizes outstanding individuals, companies, and organizations that make a significant contribution to the Special Olympics program. This year, 13 individuals or groups will be awarded for their contributions to Special Olympics Louisiana in 2011. Winners will be honored at the “Spirit of Special Olympics Sports Awards Banquet”, July 21, 2012 at the FOP Wedding and Reception Hall in Baton Rouge, LA. This event is being sponsored by Extreme Catering, LLC.
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