White Plains Special Needs PTA Teams With AMF Bowl

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White Plains Special Needs PTA coordinates with AMF Bowl to deliver children with special needs an opportunity to participate in a fun, social environment

(Back row) Fredrick Kara, Bryce Strug, Meg Lewis, Casey Furry, Jonathan Kara, Jake Furry, Truman Strug (Front row) Matthew Nella, William Kara, Meaghan Furry

“It is important that the White Plains Community create opportunities that teach all children to accept those with individual differences. The White Plains Special Needs PTA hopes to continue to expand programs such as these so we can change perceptions."

The White Plains Special Needs PTA has teamed up with White Plains AMF Bowl to initiate an inclusionary bowling league this fall. Four teams were created and have been meeting each Sunday at 11 am for bowling, fun, and the forging of new friendships. The teams consist of children both with and without disabilities.

By creating a program that emphasized including everyone, all children involved learn that no matter what your ability, everyone can succeed and shine by just being themselves. The program includes 16 children ranging in age from 5 to 16. Varying ages of children has had a positive impact, as the older kids help the younger ones along.

The goal of the activity was not just to enhance the childrens’ bowling skills, but more importantly, to encourage the social interaction.

“The league environment enables the children to feel part of a team without much of the stress and anxiety they might feel in other team settings,” said Bryan Nella, parent of a participant in the league. “Programs that center on inclusion benefit everyone involved.”

In addition to benefiting children with disabilities, the bowling league helps everyone become more sensitive to individual differences. This awareness will carry over into the lives of all participants.

Caroline Furry, White Plains PTA Special Needs co-chair and parent, added, “It is important that the White Plains Community create opportunities that teach all children to accept those with individual differences. The White Plains Special Needs PTA hopes to continue to expand programs such as these so we can change perceptions that might negatively impact our children in the future.”

Meg Lewis, a bowler, summed it up, "I love bowling with my friends, it’s so much fun."

To learn more about the White Plains Special Needs PTA or join our mailing list: wpspecial1(at)gmail(dot)com. If you would like to offer inclusionary programming, please contact us.

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