What We Do
Each Saturday morning at Skyline Lanes in Mobile, Alabama, the SNAP BOWLING League meets and supports approximately 60+ special needs athletes. Our unified league is a bowling league made up of one adult or youth coach for each developmentally disabled team that bowls.
The adult coach pays $9.00 each Saturday to bowl three (3) games plus bowling shoes' that is required by the Lanes if you do not have your own. SNAP and Skyline Lanes supplies the bowling shoes' for the athletes.
A full team is made up of an adult coach and three athletes. Additionally, coaches will be asked to assist in our group fundraising efforts either through donations or volunteering your services from time to time so we can continue our mission to provide our "special athletes" the ability to participate in our sporting events, regardless of their race, ethnic background or financial status.
If you would like more information please feel free to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by snail mail to: 1952 E. Clarke Rd. Mobile, Al. 36695, or by telephone at 251-366-9978.
A Brief History
by Joe Marshall,
In 2003, I had the privilege of sponsoring an developmentally
challenged young man to the National Unified Bowling Tournament in
Knoxville, Tennessee. This individual was around 16 or 17 years of
age at the time, and to my knowledge had never been away for a
purely fun trip in his entire life. He lived in a group home and had
just taken up bowling so he would have something to do for fun.
Plus, he was having disciplinary problems and his house parents
thought bowling might help in some way. As it turned out, when
people became aware of his background they shunned him and didn't
want him on their team.
About this same time, I had began bowling again because of a very
dear friend, Blanche Payne. Blanche asked me to join her and her
handicapped daughter on what was then the only unified bowling
league in Mobile. I think she somehow knew that once I met this
young man I would not be able to resist being this problem child's
So together we started on a journey that fall which would
eventually lead our team to Knoxville for the aforementioned
tournament. That trip left a lasting impression on me that will
never go away. You talk about being blessed...that kid and I and all
of us together had such a great time it couldn't help but leave such
an impression! Even 5 or 6 years later we all think of that trip and
laugh together like it was yesterday!
I returned several times to this national event and would see the
same faces year after year. I kept thinking there are lots and lots
of handicapped citizens here in my local area that would not just
enjoy, but would be thrilled to take the trip of their lifetime...if
only someone would help them get there! Well, that started me
thinking, why can't we do something like this for these special
athletes every year? As I looked into the possibility, I came to the
realization that most of these individuals just don't have the
resources to do participate.
That's why Blanche I founded SPECIAL NEEDS ATHLETES' PROGRAMS, INC. OF ALABAMA. "SNAP" for short.
Blanche and I and the other officers of SNAP don't have the
resources to provide this opportunity for these special athletes by
ourselves. But we do have the determination and the drive to see it
come to fruition! And we know that once you meet some of these
special people, you too will want to give them an opportunity to
participate with others on their own level and perhaps even go on a
trip that might be the adventure of their lifetime! See S.N.A.P. -N - GO.
Board Members: Dr. Joaquin Holloway II, PhD. Ray Demski, Belinda Dean, Neil Arrington, Paula Hill