Special Education Bowlers Practicing for Riviera

A Special Program Rolls in Year 23
Posted on 03/19/2019
Image of BowlingIt’s time for our annual bowling tournament for our special students. In fact, it’s the 23rd Annual Special Education Bowling Tournament at Riviera Lanes.

Dan Heideman and Dale Landenberger coordinate community-based programs for autistic, orthopedic and multiple-handicapped students in Akron Public Schools grades K-12.

The Special Education Bowling Tournament features about 400 participants. This includes 150 elementary special needs students who will bowl Tuesday, May 7, and 175 middle and high schoolers with special needs bowling the following day, May 8, from 9:30 a.m.-noon at AMF Riviera Lanes.

We will award a gold medal to our bowlers and enjoy pizza and beverages. Throughout the school year, approximately 350 special education students bowl once a week in preparation for this tournament. The bowling is part of Akron Public Schools Community-Based Recreation Program. This program is funded through donations from The R.C. & Katharine M. Musson Charitable Foundation. We wish to thank the foundation for its ongoing generosity to our kids.

The community-based recreation program’s life blood is its donations from generous citizens and organizations. Here’s how those contributions help our children. This past year, roughly 400 orthopedic and multiple handicapped students, grades K-12 from 25 schools participated in various recreational activities. These activities include instruction in swimming, golf, hiking, dance and bowling.

The students participate in the Challenge Golf Program at Edwin Shaw Hospital and also travel to The University of Akron and work with students in their adapted physical education class in the pool and gym. We also utilize AMF Riviera Lanes bowling facility, our metro parks for hiking, and dance programs in various school auditoriums/gymnasiums.

Coordinator Dan Heideman said of the program, “Through these experiences, students become aware of where they can pursue leisure activities in their own community and learn lifetime leisure skills. The progress these students make is truly amazing. This is the only opportunity many of these students ever have to participate in these types of activities.”

This program is a unique one … one APS would like to continue to offer to its special education students. The program has been presented at Ohio State University, was selected as the Beacon Journal’s First Classroom of the Month, and has been featured on Cleveland’s WUAB TV’s “43’s Kids."

Our thanks to Dan and Dale for their tireless commitment to this program and this special event that enriches the lives of these wonderful children.

If you would like to assist them in any way, you may contact Dan and Dale at:
  • Dan Heideman (mobile: 330.351.3141)
  • Dale Landenberger (mobile: 330.256.3310)
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