Service members volunteer at D.C. Special Olympics

Stewart Shawnmia, Eastern High School student, and Daysha Smith, Seaton Elementary School student, hurl bowling balls down the lane Feb. 23 in Hyattsville, Md. Special Olympics helps the athletes in many ways. “It gives our athletes a way to work on their social skills and educational skills because while they are here not only are they bowling, but there learning,” said Anthony Sokenu, D.C. Special Olympics assistant director of sports. The students are encouraged to add their scores together and are taught what a strike means versus a spare. “They get a little bit of math, English and communication education. They’re not only improving their athletic ability, they’re also improving their cognitive skills,” said Sokenu. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

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