Rome, NY (WIBX) - Looking for a challenge this Mother's Day weekend? Then come out and support the athletes competing in the Special Olympics New York games. The Mother-May-I-Bowl-A-Thon benefitting Special Olympics New York is taking place at King Pin Lanes in Rome on Saturday May 7th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Maria Alberico, Regional Director for SONY says groups are forming now. "There's going to be 5 bowlers to a lane with one of my athletes as well, and it includes all bowling, food, were going to do some fund raising prices. Our hope is that each bowler can raise $50. They can ask 5 friends for $10, or ask ten friends or family members for $5," She said.

Alberico says the proceeds will help pay to send one of the athletes to compete in the World Games in June. She says although the event is meant to be fun, it's also aimed at raising awareness about the athletes. "Our hope is to introduce our athletes to some of the student athletes around our community and some of the surrounding school districts, to get a first hand feel as to how our athletes compete. We certainly do not give them a ribbon because we think they deserve it--they actually earn it," Alberico said.

The Bowl-A-Thon is happening on Mother's Day weekend and Alberico says it can serve as a unique gift for Moms. Alberico said the organization does not charge their athletes or caregivers for anything including lodging, meals, transportation and uniforms. "That's why fundraisers such as the bowl-a-thon are so important and we are hoping for as many participants as possible," she said. She added that coaches, colleagues, friends and family are all encouraged to participate.

A released statement from the group says, "Special Olympics New York strives to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of skills and friendship with their families, Special Olympics athletes and the community. Through their participation in Special Olympics New York athletes gain confidence and build a positive self-image, which carries into the classroom, the home, the workplace and the community."

For more information contact Maria Alberico at (315) 534-2310 or send her an e-mail at,