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Blind Bowlers On The Ball

SYRACUSE – Part of Aurora of CNY’s mission is encouraging independence and full participation in life, which is evident in one local group – the Salt City Blind Bowlers.

The Salt City Blind Bowlers is part of the American Blind Bowling Association, which was founded in the 1940s.

Ron Pyer (foreground) and Jack Green, both of Syracuse, are two members of the Salt City Blind Bowlers. The league bowls Wednesday evenings at Solvay Recreation Alley.
Ron Pyer (foreground) and Jack Green, both of Syracuse, are two members of the Salt City Blind Bowlers. The league bowls Wednesday evenings at Solvay Recreation Alley.

The Salt City group bowls weekly at Solvay Recreation Alley with twelve bowlers, four per team. Aside from metal guide rails that define the sides of the lanes for those who are totally blind, there are no special accommodations.

Bowler Ron Pyer, 60, of Syracuse doesn’t use the railings because he has some vision. Pyer, who was born legally blind and washes dishes at a local restaurant, joined the league as a substitute in 2001.

“I’ve always enjoyed bowling. I used to do it for the fun of it at open bowling,” he said. He also enjoys the camaraderie that develops among the bowlers, who sometimes go out for a snack afterwards.

“Ron is very social. He likes to be active,” said Darlene, his wife of 38 years.

Aurora of CNY is the only non-profit that works exclusively with people in Central New York who are deaf, blind, visually impaired or hard of hearing.

Aurora is a United Way agency of Central New York and Oswego and Cayuga counties.

For more nformation, call Aurora at 422-7263 (TDD 422-9746).