RICHMOND, Ky. (FOX 56) — Madison Central’s bowling team may not have a winning record, but the athletes say their season was still a success. One player in particular, Maggie McCain, even says the sport helped shape the person she is today.
Maggie was born with epilepsy and autism.
“It’s difficult for her to keep up with other kids her age,” said her mother, Tami McCain.
Maggie’s disabilities make her different, but that’s not the case when she’s bowling. At the alley, she is like everyone else — a bowler.
“This is an environment that she can succeed in,” said Tami.
First-year coach Amanda Walker welcomes all students to the team. Her philosophy is commitment and community over championships.
“The kids really enjoy it. It’s a very supportive environment,” said Walker. “Even the other teams support you.”
Bowling doesn’t require super strength, speed, or size to be successful. Still, there are times Maggie gets knocked down, but just like the pins, she stands back up.
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“No matter how bad her day is, it’s wonderful for her,” said Tami.
The growth Tami said she has seen in her daughter’s confidence and maturity through bowling is striking. She thinks the sports has made her a well-rounded person since bowling teaches more than coordination. Players also learn lessons about courtesy and compassion, which should never be left in the lanes.
Madison Central’s bowling team is competing in regionals on Wednesday at Galaxy Bowling in Richmond. The tournament will wrap up later this week.