A unique twist on the game of bowling will be happening in Owensboro for a great cause.

Bowling is a fun way to pass time for many. Whether you are a kid who uses bumpers or you are an adult who plays in leagues that gets strike after strike. No matter what your skill level is, you can always find some fun while at the bowling alley. That being said, what if everyone playing was on the same level? Let's say that everyone playing had the same disadvantage. Wouldn't that make bowling a little more intriguing? For example, how interesting would it be if everyone playing were blindfolded? You'll be able to find out firsthand in Owensboro, Kentucky.

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The Support Alliance of the Visually Impaired Blidfolded Bowling Tournament

The Support Alliance of the Visually Impaired (SAVI), is a non-profit organization that serves as an adult support group for the blind and visually impaired in Owensboro and the surrounding counties. SAVI was founded in 2014 and throughout the years, they have developed programs of interest for members of the group through meetings, special workshops, and outings that help blind and low-vision adults and their families in the area. While they are a local non-profit, they do not receive money through local, state, or federal funding. So, they rely on fundraising events and community support to help fund the program. One event that they have coming up is one that everyone in the family can be a part of.

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After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, SAVI will be hosting the 2nd Annual Blindfold Bowling Tournament. According to SAVI President, Sheryl Lott:

Blindfold bowling is a fundraiser where each bowling team is made up of four players and an alternate. Team members will wear a blindfold, and guided by a rail, will bowl two games. This affords the teams to experience what it is to be blind.
motion blur of bowling ball and skittles on the playing field

SAVI Blindfold Bowling Tournament and Fundraiser will be held at Southern Lanes in Owensboro on October 1st and 2nd. Lott breaks down how this two-day event will go down:

Starting on Sat. Oct. 1st at 10 am, teams will bowl for the top three positions. On Sunday, Oct. 2nd beginning at 2 pm, the three remaining teams will bowl for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies. A prize for most gutter balls will be awarded as well as lots more gifts and door prizes.

Teams wanting to enter the tournament can contact Sheryl Lott at 270-686-8689 or Rick Boggess at 270-684-4418 to register your team of four plus an alternate for $100.

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