For the seventh year, Auburn hosted the Special Olympics of Massachusetts Basketball and Bowling competitions here in Auburn.
Auburn has a deep tradition with the Special Olympics, thanks to Auburn natives Drs. Arthur and Martha Pappas. Dr. Arthur Pappas worked with Eunice Kennedy Shriver in the late 1960s. When the new Auburn High School opened in 2006 with an expanded physical fitness center thanks to a Dr. Pappas contribution, Recreation and Culture Director Kristen Pappas (a relative of Drs. Pappas) realized this would be an ideal venue for the Special Olympics and a natural fit for the town.
During the opening ceremonies Saturday morning, Kristen Pappas told the crowd, “I want to thank all the volunteers who made this possible, especially Dr. Pappas, who has been working with people with disabilities for half a century.”
The bowling events are hosted at AMF Auburn Lanes on Southbridge St. The building was at capacity both Saturday and Sunday. Bowlers from a wide group – men and women, young and old – competed for the coveted medals. And coveted they were, as you can see in the bowlers’ expressions as Auburn Police Officer John O’Brien awards the medals on Sunday.
Auburn Mass Daily was on site a good portion of the weekend. We have so many photos, we have decided to roll the slideshows out individually. Today we bring you some highlights from the bowling competition and awards ceremonies at AMF Lanes in Auburn.