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16 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 3 - January 9, 1997 Kesur00aclng... Touch Laser i Rosanne Pack photo Special Olympic athletes call a halt to a Unified Bowling Event at Midway Bowling Lanes to pose with Santa Claus and Sussex Correctional Institution Boot Camp officers. See ac- companying story for names of athletes and officers. Special Olympics athletes roll a strike with Santa By Rosanne Pack Even in the last minute rush of preparing for his annual "trip around the world last week, Santa Claus took time to join a group of Delaware SpeCial Olympians at the Midway Bowling Lanes. In spite of a well-filled belly to reach around, the jolly old elf hauled off and rolled a strike as the crowd of young Olympians cheered him on. A special friend of the correc- tions officers who staff the Sussex County Correctional Institute Boot Camp, Santa surprised the bowlers who had come to Midway for a pre-holiday Unified Bowling Event. The outing was organized by Brenda Zullo, outreach director for Sussex County Special Olympics, and parents and friends of the Olympians. Cpl. J.J. King took advantage of the event to bring along a uni- formed honor guard of officers who escorted Santa Claus into the bowling alley. Once Santa arrived, interest in bowling definitely waned, and the focus shifted to letting the red- suited one know Christmas wish- es. The Special Olympics athletes who met Santa at Midway Bowl- ing are Billy Clark, Penny West, Michael Bowe, Jennifer Mayer, Patty Seery, Diane Outlaw, Chris Metier, Diane Anderson, Lewis Brown and Mark Johnson. The SCI Boot Camp officers who participated are Lt. William Oettel, Lt. Perry Phelps, Cpl. King, Cpl. Rufus Jones, Cpl. Ren6 Flores, D.I. Leroy Mann and D.I. Robert Kelley. King has been involved with the Special Olympics for four years now. And, the more he learns, the move involved he becomes. As a corrections officer, he said he is aware of the negative conno- tations that his work carries. He finds working with the Special Olympians and pulling in more of his fellow officers is a win-win situation. "Corrections always gets the negative side of law enforce- ment," he said, "But not with events like today! Here, law en- forcement officers are giving of their time to being smiles and tears of joy." He started as a participant in the annual Special Olympics torch run carried out by law enforce- ment officers throughout the state, and moved to attending regional, national, and soon, international Special Olympics conferences. Along the way, King's commit- ment has grown steadily. Now, he wants to share what he feels and to increase awareness in the program in order to encourage more volun- teerism. King said, "Special Olympics to me is sports in its truest sense. The motto, 'Let me win; but if I can't, let me be brave in my attempt.' is inspiring. Special Olympics builds confidence and self esteem, and it teaches teamwork." The officer said that one of the greatest things to come from see- ing others become involved with the program for disabled youth is seeing attitudes change and minds open. He said most come to see the youngsters who are labeled disabled as energetic, enthusiastic and determined; and as human be- ings who have lessons to teach everyone. "When we brought Special Olympics power lifter Tony Bowe into SCI for an exhibition of his power lifting, the inmates were amazed," King said. "They real- ized that they can learn from him and other Olympians. At Sussex Correctional, the inmates raised more than $1,000 for the Torch Run last year." From the initial contacts with the Torch Run and visits from Olympians, interest at SCI has grown to include a committee to organize events with the Olympians, and fundraisers for the program. King said a three-on- three basketball tournament is scheduled t'or this winter, and in- mates and Special Olympics ath- letes will play each other. "Everybody will learn from everybody else," he said. "It will Continued o page 1S ---:.;,,-z.. ...., Actual patient treated by "Dr. Mitchell Stickler, of Mouth Area Board Cirtified Dermatologist. Unaltered photograph showing patient without make-up. The only laser surgery FDA approved for the removal of wrinkles Stops "bleeding" of lipstick into wrinkle lines Treatment of mouth area is very affordable Local anesthesia, no hospital bills to pay Two years of experience with 100% satisfaction ,: .., ,.- Results last -... for years ...... ":-:'" i;! The main persistent side effect, pinkness of the skin, is easily :  camouflaged and disappears within 2-3 months. his revolutionary new treatment is available locally at Cape Henlopen Dermatology. Call today to schedule an appointment .... ...... . : or a consultation. ,, Mitchell C. Stickler, M.D. Cape Henlopen Dermatology ::.:'2".) '-" !:- >.. . e = .. 140 Highway One, Lewes, DE .... :'..::; :2 ;."'   :' .......:;.':.%.!.: 644-6400 := .....: .:J .:...