Originally Posted by IcyHotMonkey
I volunteered for Special Olympics bowling 3yrs. in a row. My highschool had a mandatory 30hrs. of community service per year.
I got kicked out on my 3rd yr. The parents and coaches (yes, special olympic bowling coaches) take the "competition" ten times more seriously than the participants. So I'm in charge of one of the lanes and one of the kids scores something like an 11 for the first game. He was obv. not happy. I felt bad, so for the second game I put up the bumpers. It made him extremely happy to be knocking down pins every roll. Half way through the game the parents/coaches noticed and gave me a good lecture and relieved me of my duties.
I'm not a very PC guy. Bottom line is they're retarded and doing well makes them happy. So why turn it into a massive competition that the competitors have little self-awareness over and instead let them enjoy the game. It was almost a "who's the least retarded person" competition as they did the best. There was no chance the kids on my lane were going to come close to winning. They still weren't going to break 100 and some of the less challenged participants were scoring close to 200, if not higher.
That's one of the things that I hate about the special olympics, as it basically comes down to exactly that - who is the least retarded, but still technically retarded. Either that, or whose handicap hurts them the least in the given activity.