Junction Lanes honored by Special Olympics Ga.
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Junction Lanes Bowling Center in Newnan was recently awarded a Georgia Special Olympics Distinguished Award.
Junction Lanes was nominated by Coweta County Special Olympics for the Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Grassroots Support from a Business on the Local or Area Level.
In nominating Junction Lanes for the award, Kelly Abercrombie, coordinator of Coweta Special Olympics, said that the bowling center has "made a profound impact on the Coweta County Special Olympics program through its continued and year-round support of our local and Area 06 program. Upon opening its doors for business, Junction Lanes made a sponsorship commitment to the local Special Olympics program and has continued this commitment through your-round support by way of volunteers, facility use, event sponsorship and in-kind donations."
Junction Lanes provides staff to work local and area events, including the Area 06 Winter Games, the Area 06 Masters Bowling Championships, the Carroll County Special Olympics bowling tournament and the Coweta Special Olympics Spring Bowling Championships.
"The company's employees do a wonderful job keeping the events organized, the flow running smoothly and celebrating the success of each athlete as they pass through the venue," Abercrombie said. "The company also provides products/gifts for our fund raisers as well as providing bowling to our athletes and their families year round for the price of what shoes alone would normally cost!"
Junction Lanes hosts all the local and area tournaments at no cost to the participating programs or athletes, Abercrombie said, and also hosted a coach’s clinic for SOGA several years ago.
"Under the leadership of Junction Lanes operating manager, Candi Ciminnisi, our year-round training and competition programs continue to improve each year," said Abercrombie. "The center has also allowed special education students to come to the center and work under the supervision of their teachers in a community based training program. Candi has also hired one of our athletes as a full time employee!"
"Junction Lanes is committed to serving our athletes through recreation, sports and leisure opportunities as well as providing them an opportunity to be working citizens in our community," Abercrombie continued in the nomination letter.
"Junction Lanes' commitment to our program and most importantly their compassion for our athletes is a quality that motivates all of us."
The Junction Lanes award was one of three statewide awards for Coweta organizations from Special Olympics Georgia. The East Coweta Honor Society was named Volunteer Organization of the year for the state, and Coweta County Special Olympics was named Program of the Year for the state.