To prepare for the tournament, team members representing the said local congregations held practice sessions. According to Roi Cedric Antonio, an organist from the local and one of the bowlers, even the day before the competition they “practiced, trying to get momentum, and working on how shots must be.”
A total of 26 teams from the 10 local congregations, two extensions, and three group worship services in the district battled it out at the 30 Strikes Lanes, a bowling alley located at 501 S White Horse Pike, Stratford, New Jersey.
Apart from the team competitions, bowlers also competed in the individual categories. The winners were Arthur Dacanay (Buklod-Men), Charito Antonio (Buklod-Women), Nate Furlow (KADIWA/Binhi-Men), and Jaiden Tanseco (KADIWA/Binhi-Women).
Glad for the activity, Mark David, second head deacon from the Local Congregation of Bergen and one of the players, said, “We’re all happy to see each other. Although we are from different congregations, we all took time and effort to participate in our Unity Games.”
Also from Bergen, Brittany Thompson, expressed, “It’s really nice making memories with the brethren. It’s a lot of camaraderie, always when we get together.”
“The friendly competition won the hearts of all the brethren. By means of our participation we were able to express our high regard for the bond of brotherhood. The activity also brought out the best in all of us,” said Danny Valdez, head deacon, and among the players of the Elizabeth Congregation’s winning team. — With reports from INC News Section