Best Buddies Goes Bowling

Hailey Thomas, Staff Reporter

Senior Cameron Eaton, who led all bowlers with high scores during the 2022 Unified Bowling season, knocks down more pins March 14 at Oakwood Lanes in Washington. Warren Hills’ Best Buddies Club is a part of a Unified Bowling program that competes with other schools in the Warren County area. This year’s competition against other schools was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. Each Monday, from Jan. 24 through March 14, at Oakwood Lanes on Route 31 in Washington, eight to 14 Warren Hills students participated in bowling two or more games. The last day of the program included a celebratory party with the parents and awarded all participants with bowling accomplishment awards. Best Buddies Advisor Toni Manfra, who is a Warren Hills English teacher, oversaw the Unified Bowling Program. “We’re so happy to have Unified Bowling back at Warren Hills and looking forward to growing the program in the future,” Manfra said. “Every single one of our Unified athletes improved their skills and scores over the season.” Warren Hills’ Best Buddies Club is a part of Best Buddies International, which describes itself on its website as “the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”