Several high school students and adults are forming friendships in an unexpected place: a bowling alley.
From October to May, the Arc of Greater Prince William hosts a weekly bowling program for those with disabilities.
It’s one of 160 programs the non-profit offers each year, according to Recreation Director Joy Ocetnik.
Bowling program participants include high school students, graduates and working adults. The meet at Bowl America in Manassas on Monday afternoons, and at Bowl America in Woodbridge on Tuesday afternoons.
For many, the bowling program serves as a recreational activity where those involved can meet other people.
“This is one way your son or daughter can participate in fun, enjoyable activities but also build lasting friendships,” Ocetnik said.
Mike Denny’s son is one of the bowling program’s participants. The two have been attending Arc’s programs since Denny became involved with the organization between 10 and 12 years ago.
“[My son] has developed greatly by being a part of the Arc, and the different things that they do … He just enjoys it, and I enjoy being with him and the different people that he meets,” Denny said.
To become involved in the Arc’s bowling program, call the Arc of Greater Prince William at 703-670-4800 and ask for Ocetnik.
“I usually meet with all participants before they join in on our programs,” Ocetnik said.
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