My husband I were not sure what to expect when we volunteered to represent Duluth Civitan at the annual Annandale Village Pins & Friends event at Stars and Strikes in Buford. Annandale hosts the day of bowling adventure not only for their residents, but for several other programs for adults with intellectual disabilities in the area. We arrived on Friday morning ready to get to work and were absolutely amazed at the massive turnout. The logistics alone must have been an arduous task to coordinate. All 26 lanes were filled to capacity with 6 – 7 bowlers on each lane. We were each assigned a lane, given directions and turned loose to manage our teams. The experience level of the bowlers varied from beginner level to those with years of experience.
As a newcomer to this event, I wasn’t clear what my role would be, but was quickly acclimated to the fun and adventure that would turn out to be one of the most enjoyable days I have experienced. My team and I wasted no time bonding, gave ourselves a team name and decided in no uncertain terms we were in fact, the team to beat. We then went on to bowl three games with much laughter and excitement. Every pin that fell was celebrated, every gutter ball was met with strong team encouragement and everyone had fun at levels that are hard to match.
Each bowler was rewarded with a much deserved ribbon and left the event with big smiles and the memories of a day that will not soon be forgotten. My husband and I, as volunteers, left the event with several new friends and an unspoken gratitude that we were a part of such a special day in the lives of many. Can’t wait until next year….Civitan!!