CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Get ready to Bowl 'N Bop this Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the SIU Student Center.
Each year about 500 people with intellectual disabilities meet for a day of bowling, dancing and fun at the annual Bowl N' Bop event.
Volunteers say it's a day of fun for everyone.
"I like to make people smile and it really is a great time," volunteer Zachariah Cohen said. "I like to get out there and dance with them on the dance floor. They'll outdance me. I'll get tired after about three or four songs. Some of them will be out there for about ten songs in a row. I don't know where they get the stamina for that cause I get worn out. But they get worn out, but just being around the individuals just puts a smile on their face."
"We have about 150 volunteers from southeast Missouri and southern Illinois that are coming to help with this event. They're taking their day off, they're taking a vacation day from their jobs or they're coming in between classes if they're students and really enhancing this event and we really couldn't do it without them," Radcliffe said. "We have one fraternity that comes that's instrumental in pulling this off. We have everyone from behavior analysts, to psychiatrists and doctors that take their day off and come and make sure that all the individuals at the event know that they're important, they're unique and only they can and they can be that person that they're designed to be."
Committee member, Terri Steele says this event brings people of all abilities to come together and have a great time.
"We focus on their abilities, not their disabilities," Steele said. "We work really hard let them be independent and learn those skills and this is a place that they also get to come and see some of their friends that they may have known from school or another location. That's why it feels like a reunion."