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Saints players and Special Olympics athletes join forces to bowl the night away

Posted Jun 6, 2017

United Healthcare sponsored the bowling event hosted at Rock 'n' Bowl

By Louis Puissegur IV, NewOrleansSaints.com

Special Olympics athletes teamed up with New Orleans Saints players to spend the night bowling at an event sponsored by United Healthcare on Monday, June 5 at Rock ‘n’ Bowl.

Cameron Jordan, Coby Fleener, Brandon Coleman, Michael Hoomanawanui and Darryl Tapp all said they enjoyed spending time bowling with the athletes.

The event, as described by Joseph Ochipinti, CEO of UnitedHealthcare-Gulf States Region, is designed to follow the company’s mission “help people live healthier lives.” Ochipinti noted that having the Saints “interact and be able to bowl (with the Special Olympics athletes) is just phenomenal.”

Brandon Coleman knows the value in participating in the community. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound wide receiver said that he is “used to working with these kids.” The former Rutgers star said “it’s always a great time to come out and interact with them.”

Jordan, the Saints' star defensive end, was enthusiastic all night as he was dancing, cracking jokes and bowling. The two-time Pro Bowler made it clear that his goal is trying “to help the next generation shine.”

The bowling was competitive from the start. However, Jordan was quick to admit that he was “at a disadvantage” because the lanes “do not allow me to bowl as I should.”

Tight end Coby Fleener appreciated his time spent with the bowlers. The 6-6, 251-pounder was thrilled to be able to “get to see smiles on these kids’ faces.”