Special Olympics Kentucky bowling tournament

David Newsom is known to thrown down some serious high scores.

"Bowling is like the best thing ever," he said with a smile. 

His highest game is a 278 – a dream for many of us.  "10 strikes in a game with a 25 pound house ball – hooking and not a straight shot?  Best game ever," Newsom told Local 6.

He’s part of 49 unified teams competing in a Special Olympics bowling tournament in Paducah.  The Special Olympics athletes are paired with those with no disabilities, but that isn’t the focus.  Teamwork is and Newsom said his partner, Brandon Wicks, is a wicked player.

"It’s awesome having a partner like him," Newsom said. 

This is their first year teaming up and Wicks said the tournament brings out healthy competition and creates life-long friendships.

"It just brings a lot of people together," Wicks said. He told is he and Newsom make a perfect team.  Both are competitive and bring out the best in one another. 

"Just bonding with him and the competition he brings, is a lot of fun," Wicks said. 

"Thank you Special Olympics.  Thank you for letting me do all this," Newsom said. 

Newsom and Wicks placed 6th out of the 49 teams.  All unified teams that participated in the local tournament will be able to compete at the state level competition in December. 

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