Kearney Public Schools compete in their first unified bowling meet

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island's Super Bowl hosted a unified bowling meet on Thursday, bringing in schools from across central Nebraska to compete.

Unified Bowling team member warms up for Grand Island meet. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

Kearney Public Schools were one of the three to attend. For them it was their first since first forming their club last month.

"We'd been thinking about unified bowling for quite a while," the team's coach Robbie Samuelson told Local4 News. "Kearney has got quite a big group of unified bowlers and so we wanted to start a high school team and join the rest of the schools that are doing that now."

The team's coach says it's a great way to stay active and to meet new friends.

"It's a great, great time for them to mingle with each other, meet new friends and have a great time," Samuelson said.

For some its about meeting new people, but for others its more of continuing old partnerships. Juniors Colin Jones and Ethen Frerichs have been working together for about 5 years now.

"I've bowled with Ethen here for years," Jones said. "We've done a lot, we did Special Olympics. When I saw the opportunity, I really wanted to do it."

"It's really fun," Frerichs said. "We got first place for unified bowling in the Special Olympics."

The boys competed with their team against other Nebraska schools, including Grand Island and Cambridge.