Families bowled over by success at World Games

posted Wed, Jul 29, 2015 by Jon Buzby

From left, Forrie Brown and Danny Yonker march in with members of the United States during the Opening Ceremony of the World Games.

Forrie Brown meets First Lady Michelle Obama.

Forrie Brown and Danny Yonker have been bowling for years. But in the past 12 months, both have spent more time at bowling centers and knocked more pins down than ever before as the duo trained for the biggest competition of their lives – the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

Fortunately for both, it didn’t take long into their trip to Los Angeles for them to see all that hard work pay off.

On the first day of medal competition at Lucky Strike LA Live in downtown Los Angeles, Brown and Yonker were part of a four-person team from the United States that won the silver medal in the team bowling event.

“They truly bowled us over with winning because all teams from around the world are super and scores are close,” Danny’s parents, Bill and Faye Yonker, said in a text message from Los Angeles. “It is amazing and exciting watching these athletes from around the world.”

Forrie and Danny then each teamed up with a different USA teammate to win silver medals in their respective divisions of the doubles competition.

“Forrie was so happy,” his grandmother, Winnie Sammons, sent in a text message. “Forrie loves Special Olympics.”

Winning silver medals was just one of the highlights of the World Games for Forrie.

“His favorite [moment] was when Michelle Obama gave him a huge hug,” Sammons shared. “I am on cloud nine watching these athletes be part of the World Games.”

Danny captured a gold medal in the singles event, while Forrie finished in fourth place.

Results for all Delaware athletes at the World Games can be found here.