SIer of the Week: Bowling Event Organizer Helps Borough’s Special Needs Community Score Big

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Toyana Jackson says giving back is right up her alley.

“I knew I always wanted to work with developmentally disabled people,” said Toyana Jackson, our Staten Islander of the Week.

So, Jackson decided to volunteer with United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, or UCP of NYC.

The nonprofit supports children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities.

More than a year ago, Jackson helped the organization start a pilot bowling program.

She’s proud to say it’s still going strong.

“I didn’t know it was gonna go this far,” said Jackson. “I said wow I just started it out and I said I wonder if I can do this but it went further than I thought.”

The bowling outings are now a weekly tradition.

Each Wednesday, people in UCP of NYC Day Habilitation Program can bowl just like everyone else.

Using adaptive equipment, those in wheelchairs are also able to join the fun.

Jackson is there until the last pin falls.