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Buddy bowling strikes up unlikely friendships
Hope Merrick
Antelope Staff
Photo by Hope Merrick
Andrew Donohoe, a freshman pre-med/chemistry major from Kearney says he has a lot of fun with his buddy Ed Eppel on Buddy Bowling Wednesdays. This semester there are about 100 children, youth and adults with disabilities partnered with 100 UNK volunteer Buddy Bowlers.

Every year Cynthia Archwamety, executive director of the Arc of Buffalo County, sees bonds of friendship form through the Buddy Bowling program she organizes.

This semester about 100 children, youth and adults with disabilities partnered with 100 UNK volunteer Buddy Bowlers during the eight-week program held 4-5 p.m. Wednesdays at the Big Apple.

Buddy Bowling volunteer, Emily Fairbairn, a junior education major from St. Paul, has been a part of the program for three years. "I've been a part of this every year since I've been at UNK. It’s a really great program that allows people to give back. It also helps me when it comes to my major, so I really enjoy it," she said.

The UNK students help their buddies with shoes, recording scores and bowling.  They talk with them about their interests and cheer them on as they bowl together each week.
Friendships develop over the course of the Sept. 29 to Nov. 17 event.  At the final session, awards are given, along with certificates of participation. Then, everyone shares a snack courtesy of the Big Apple and several of the fast food restaurants in Kearney.

Andrew Donohoe, a freshman pre-med/chemistry major from Kearney, says he really enjoys his buddy. "This is my first year being a part of the program, and I'm having a lot of fun with my buddy, Ed," he said.

Helping out and volunteering for your community are great ways to get involved and meet new people. For those looking to help with the Arc of Buffalo County, Buddy bowling and its other organizations, you can contact them at 308-237-4343 and become actively involved in this great program.



Get involved!
Contact Cynthia Archwamety, executive director of the Arc of Buffalo County
4511 Sixth Ave. Ste 204
308-237-4343

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