Sports Briefs Winter 2019-20

January 23, 2020

Special Olympics Delaware bowling tournament Jan. 25

Months of training culminate when more than 375 Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners (peers without a disability) from across the state compete at the annual Special Olympics Delaware State Bowling Tournament Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Brunswick Doverama in Dover. Events include competition in singles, doubles, Unified doubles, bumper and ramp divisions.

“Bowling is one of our most popular sports across the state,” said Kyle Frazer, SODE director of sports. “One of the neatest things about our athletes participating in bowling is that they can then transfer what they learn when they have opportunities to bowl with friends and family in the community. We hear stories all the time from our parents about how great it is that their kids fit right in at a bowling birthday party or some other bowling event outside of Special Olympics.”

Bowlers include children and adults representing the five SODE areas: Wilmington Wizards, Newark Dragons, MOT Tigers, Kent Wild Kats and Sussex Riptide. All bowlers competed at area-level events in early January before advancing to the state tournament. An opening ceremony will take place at the beginning of each shift, and medals will be awarded at the end of each. 

Volunteer umpires needed for Lewes Little League

Lewes Little League is looking for volunteer umpires for the 2020 season. Following a national background check, the league will provide training and a uniform package to get started. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in giving back to the community and helping youth at the same time. The regular season begins in April and lasts through mid-June. For more information, contact Umpire-in-Charge Bob Kaden at

Jason Anderson Foundation accepting applications 

The Jason Anderson Foundation for Youth Sports is now accepting applications for its spring 2020 grants. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $35,000 in grants and scholarships to various local sports organizations and families. Delaware youth sports groups and interested parties can download applications at

“In just over three years, we have provided support to numerous local sports organizations and hundreds of local kids in each of the three counties in Delaware,” said Mark Rossi, chairman of the Jason Anderson Foundation board. “We hope to expand that by partnering with local teams, sports facilities and school districts, and look forward to receiving applications from youth sports organizations seeking financial support and player scholarships for kids in need.”

Since 2016, the Jason Anderson Foundation has provided groups, like the ones below, with grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 to assist those in need who want to participate in a youth sports activity:

  • Dover Little League
  • Kent County Stallions
  • Police Athletic League of Delaware – Youth Basketball League at Garfield Park
  • Duffy's Hope
  • Henlopen Soccer Club
  • The Western Family YMCA
  • Kirkwood Soccer
  • Berlin Seahawks
  • Delaware Tribe
  • Seaford Elite Football
  • Delaware Shore Field Hockey
  • Delaware Elite Basketball
  • Slingshot Lacrosse
  • Urban Promise of Wilmington
  • The Factory Youth Basketball Program.

The Jason Anderson Foundation for Youth Sports is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt not-for-profit organization. Its mission is to provide children in need the opportunity to participate in a community organized youth sports activity. The foundation was established by the Anderson family after Jason died in an automobile accident in January 2015 at the age of 33. The outpouring of support for the family from friends, colleagues, co-workers, neighbors and gracious members of the community prompted the family and close friends to establish this foundation in Jason's name as a way to give back to the community. 

Cape Henlopen Senior Center seeks billiards players

Anyone age 50 and older who likes to play pool but doesn’t know where to go to get involved can check out the Cape Henlopen Senior Center at 11 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach. The center is seeking male and female pool players of all skill levels to play on friendly traveling teams Friday mornings. Center members enjoy the use of two excellent pool tables from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every weekday. This is a great way to meet new people, develop skills without any pressure, and enjoy some good-natured competition. For more information on the pool leagues, call Lou Schultheis at 302-521-9600 or Joe Mangini at 302-383-3263. All are welcome.

Participants must be senior center members. CHSC dues are $30 per year and offer so much bang for the buck. For more information, call Bernita Hackney, program director, at 302-227-2055.