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Voices of Diversity: Senior Bowling

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - Some of the Corridor's toughest competitors come out up to three times a week to sharpen their bowling skills at Lancer Lanes in Cedar Rapids.The bowling centers 250 senior bowlers ages 50 to 90 have varying skill levels, but an unequaled passion for bowling.

"We get 300's out here a lot. Anybody who knows bowling knows what 300 is, it's a perfect game. These seniors can bowl!" Sally Eggleston who began bowling with her mother at a young age and picked the game back up after she retired said.

Barb and John Staub own Lancer Lanes. The first senior league started there in 1974. Now, seniors bowl on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

"The bowlers that have lower averages, they get the 175 game award, they're very, very excited just as if somebody shot a 300 game, so you never know when screaming is going on what they shot!" Barb said.

"It's a good individual sport, but it's also a good team sport. Plus, I'm not very good at any other sport," Eggleston said.

At 87, Ernie Obadal is one of the league's oldest bowlers. He started bowling at 17 while in the Navy.

"I think everybody should bowl, I think it makes time go faster for people! You don't think about your age then," Obadal said.

Eggleston agreed with Obadal. She said that often times seniors dont embrace opportunities for connection with others like the league offers.

"You know when you get older sometimes it's easy just to sit around and watch television," she said.

But, for the seniors at Lancer Lanes, the pins falling and the balls rolling offer the steady rhythm that keeps the leagues seniors active and together.

"When somebody gets sick, or goes in the hospital, everybody knows about it," Barb said.

It is a system of support that really matters for Eggleston.

"I like to bowl, it's fun but, I think I like the people!" She said as she laughed.

"A lot of these people have nobody else and these people become their friends and their family, a lot of them are like family to me," Staub added.

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