The two groups have formed a bowling team that shows athletes come in all shapes and sizes
What does an athlete look like?
It’s a tricky question, because there isn’t a definite answer. Sports stars come in all shapes and sizes — from a 5-foot-8, 141-pound soccer player to a 6-foot-4, 265-pound NFL tight end.
Just look at the athletes who come together every Tuesday night in ASU’s Memorial Union bowling lanes. They’re a mix of body types, ages and abilities. But they’re all athletes if you measure by a different metric: the desire to compete and better themselves through sport.
The team was formed last month when ASU’s Student Athletic Association (SAA) paired up with the Gilbert Roadrunners of Special Olympics Arizona to create a unified bowling squad made up of some of Arizona’s best Special Olympic athletes and some of the Pac-12’s finest competitors.
The partnership began when junior women’s soccer defender Annie Warren was elected president of the SAA this year. Warren, who has a brother with autism and is an active Special Olympics volunteer, began looking for ways to merge Special Olympians with ASU collegiate athletics.