By Matt Goisman
McALESTER — Given a chance to help a good cause, bowlers flocked to Great Balls of Fire in McAlester this past weekend for the alley’s Hope for the Holidays Charity No Tap Bowling Tournament. Great Balls of Fire sales director Pam Weddle said Monday the alley raised $1,525 for Shared blessings, a ministry in McAlester whose services include clothing and food drives, medical treatment and nutrition education, and coordination of the the Pittsburg County chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
“It is really where the under-privileged people go to get their needs met,” Weddle said of Shared Blessings. “It is a ministry that is really promoted by almost all the churches here in McAlester. They’re known for their compassionate care.”
No Tap is a variation of 10-pin bowling in knocking down nine pins on the first ball of a frame still counts as a strike. The tournament consisted of three divisions: A men’s division for those with league averages in the system, a similar division for women and an open league for anyone without an average.
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