BILLINGS — The Montana Special Olympics state summer games always provides a special time for athletes, but those special times extend throughout the year as well.
Adult bowlers competed at Fireside Lanes while children bowled at Sunset Bowl on Sunday.
It's one of the events that is held during other parts of the year besides the summertime.
About 150 competed on Sunday.
The awards ceremony added some excitement too.
The competition and camaraderie are important to both the helpers and the athletes.
"Gold for doubles.,and fourth place for singles," Serenity Crosswhite said about her awards. "It was so much fun and I hope I can do it again next year."
"Showing off those skills and abilities gives them the opportunity to earn that award," said Scott Held, Special Olympics Montana sports director. "Silver medal, gold medal, ribbon depending on how many folks were in the division. Having the opportunity to earn that award makes a big difference and it's a very special for our athletes to have that chance."
Special Olympics Montana held another bowling tournament in Havre on Friday.
On Friday, Feb. 21, it will have bowling competitions in Bigfork and Butte.