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RMU Students Organize 10th Annual Special Olympics Pennsylvania Western Bowling Sectional

Friday, March 16, 2012

Pittsburgh -- Special Olympics Pennsylvania and student volunteers from Robert Morris University (RMU) will host the 10th Annual Western Bowling Sectional on Saturday, March 24, 2012.  Approximately 325 athletes, 100 coaches, and more than 200 volunteers will participate in the sectional that includes competition in singles, doubles, traditional team, and Unified Sports® team and doubles.

Opening ceremonies will be held at Bishop Canevin High School in Pittsburgh, Pa., at 9 a.m., and include entertainment and a guest appearance by Emmanuel Sanders, wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Competition will begin at 1 p.m. at AMF Mt. Lebanon Lanes in Mt. Lebanon and AMF Noble Manor Lanes in Pittsburgh.  Closing ceremonies for the event will take place at Bishop Canevin at approximately 5 p.m.  The event will serve as a qualifier for the 2012 State Summer Games to be held at Penn State University in June. 

“I loved being involved with the Special Olympics PA for the last four years,” says Event Director and Sport Management student Caleb Shreve. “It has been the most fulfilling experience I’ve had during my time at Robert Morris.”

Volunteers are needed to help with this event and can sign up with the Robert Morris University Office of Student Civic Engagement as soon as possible. Transportation will be provided for all student volunteers, scheduled to leave at 10:15 a.m. in the John Jay lower parking lot.

During the competition, Special Olympic fans may view the competition from a designated area; no spectators may enter the bowling circle.  For information about the sectional and additional non-student volunteer opportunities, please contact Mike Ermer, associate competition director, at (800) 233-5161, ext. 243.

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.

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