By Bruce Hagevik, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

BLOOMINGTON (WCCO) — Approximately 400 blind and visually impaired bowlers from around the country will compete in a national bowling tournament in Bloomington, Minn.

“We use 12 to 15 foot rails that go from a foot behind the foul line and go back and run next to the ball returns,” explained Nancy Giddings, editor of Blind Bowler.

She says the system works well.

“The totally blind and those that have lower vision use that to guide their approach up there and then they throw the ball,” Giddings added.

The tournament events will include singles, doubles and teams.

This is the 64th annual American Blind Bowling Association National Tournament.

It will be held from May 26 to May 29 at Southtown Lanes in Bloomington.

WCCO’s Bruce Hagevik Interviews Nancy Giddings

Comments (6)
  1. Sonia Fragylia says:

    I pray for all these people, that nobody is injured by an errant bowling ball, and that these wonderful people have a excellent party! God Bless!

    1. Tom Banner says:

      Airhead Alert! Hey Sonia, do you honestly think this sounds like a good idea, a bunch of people that can’t see, winging bowling balls left and right? And this isn’t a party it’s a tournament.

  2. Sonia Fragylia says:

    Tom, good bless you, I hope you get better.

  3. Boomer Thompson says:


  4. fitz says:

    maybe you three fools should come to the tournament and watch……you may even learn something!!!

  5. Sammi says:

    Thank you fitz. These folks are actually quite good at this event and unless you have witnessed this before, perhaps you should keep your negative and cruel comments to yourselves.

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