NKY Special Olympian bowls 300 game, wins gold
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WKRC) - A Northern Kentucky Special Olympian brought home the gold this weekend and he did it in style.
Doug Kelley won the bowling competition, and it couldn't have been any better.
Doug Kelley is a bowler. A real bowler who wouldn't dare do a TV interview without first putting on his bowling shirt.
On Saturday at the Kentucky Special Olympics’ Bowling Finals, Doug knocked them all down. He accomplished a perfect 300 game!
“It just felt great. I had just about everybody watching that was down there,” said Doug. “I'm just...at the time I was just lost for words. Overwhelmed with joy and that...so…”
Doug Kelley has been bowling for 24 years. He trains every Monday night in a league at the Super Bowl in Erlanger. Saturday was his second Special Olympics gold medal, but first 300 game. He's come close before.
- JOE: “I understand that in the Special Olympics Championships a few years ago you bowled a 299?”
- DOUG: “Yes, I did.”
- JOE: “So how did it feel leaving that six-pin hanging there on that last ball?”
- DOUG: “Actually it was the four pin.”
Spoken like a true champ.
For those of you who don't know much about bowling, what Doug Kelley did, last weekend was perfection. 12 strikes in a row.
Kelley's coach took 90 bowlers to Louisville. She takes no credit for her champ.
“We just give him positive reinforcement. I can't teach him any skills. He's got the skills. We just give them high fives, encourage them to have fun. That's what the Special Olympics is about...to have fun,” said Special Olympics Coach Carol Farwell.
But it's even more fun when you win and truly special when you're as good as anyone can be.
Doug Kelley also won the Kentucky Special Olympics gold medal for bowling in 2008.