STAR Bowling A Big Hit In Comal ISD
Submitted By Jason Gordon
Shane Carter doesn’t have to say much to watch a sign of sheer joy come over the face of his daughter Mckenna, a student at Smithson Valley High School.
“All I have to do is tell her it’s bowling day today and she gets a huge smile, she gets so excited every week,” Carter said. “She comes home talking about practice.”
Carter said he’s very grateful for Comal ISD’s STAR (Specialized Training in Athletics and Recreation) Athletics program.
“My daughter has autism and the social skills she develops here are so beneficial,” he said. “We absolutely love this program because it’s so family friendly and so well coordinated.”
Comal ISD’s STAR athletes from the district’s three comprehensive high schools and three Comal ISD middle schools practice for four weeks before a district tournament at Fiesta Lanes in New Braunfels.
The middle school district tournament was held October 30 and the high school version was held November 3. In all, more than 160 athletes competed and everyone received a medal.
In addition, students from Canyon, Smithson Valley, and Canyon Lake high schools, as well as Texas State University, volunteered at the events, assisting bowlers and handing out medals.
“Once you see the smiles on the athletes’ faces it makes you feel so good,” said Canyon Lake High student Chancie Coleman. “I know because of events like this I’ll be volunteering well into the future.”
Comal ISD’s STAR Athletes will now pivot to their track and field season in the spring.