Special Olympics Bowlers wrap up season at California Lanes

California Lanes owner Rob Rimel, center, is presented a special show of appreciation from Russellville Special Olympics Bowling Coaches Trish Roth, at left, and Bob Roth, far right, along with the Special Olympics bowlers, following their last practice of the 2012 season.

California Lanes owner Rob Rimel, center, is presented a special show of appreciation from Russellville Special Olympics Bowling Coaches Trish Roth, at left, and Bob Roth, far right, along with the Special Olympics bowlers, following their last practice of the 2012 season. Photo by April Arnett.

The Russellville Special Olympics bowlers have been polishing their skills since August at California Lanes, bowling most Sundays throughout the season, which was concluded May 27 with a special show of appreciation to California Lanes owner Rob Rimel.

"When I first met Rob, I asked his advice about finding a place for the kids to practice and he immediately suggested California Lanes, at no charge," Russellville Special Olympics Coach and Unified Partner Bob Roth said. "Rob has been so generous and he is in it for the kids and the community, just to help others. When we initially looked for a facility to bowl at, nobody was interested in accommodating the kids' needs, or even offering us a discount."

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The bowlers gathered for a team picture, front row, from left, are Jacob Saunders, Rachel Jackson and Amanda Roth; back row, Tyler Jowers, Assistant Coach Melissa Roth, Arianna Coombs and Coaches Trish and Bob Roth.

Russellville Special Olympics Assistant Coach, Coordinator and Unified Partner Trish Roth added, "Rob helps out with senior citizens and area youth, not just our Special Olympics bowlers, though he has often jumped in to help the kids one-on-one. He even lets us take the bowling balls the kids are used to using to every tournament."

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Russellville Special Olympics Bowlers enjoy their last day of practice for the 2012 season May 27 at California Lanes.

For more of this story check out the June 6 issue of the California Democrat.

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