WITH A NAME LIKE HAMMER, HOW COULD YOU LOSE?
When your last name is Hammer, what other bowling equipment would you use?
Adam Hammer, a Special Olympian representing Hungary, used Hammer bowling balls to win a gold medal for Division 20 at the XIII Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece, which concluded July 4.
Hammer, who is from Budapest, used Hammer bowling equipment to win three medals during the 11-day competition. Bowling was one of 22 Olympic-type sports featured at the 13th World Summer Games in and around the Greek capital of Athens.
Along with winning gold in the singles competition, Hammer was part of the silver winning team from Hungary. He also teamed with Janos Burka to win a bronze medal in doubles.
“We were so excited for Adam,” said Adam’s mother Magdolna Hammer. “He trained very hard to prepare for Athens, and was excited about bowling there.”
For Adam, his only choice of bowling equipment was Hammer.
“Adam used two balls the entire event, and they were both Hammer balls,” said Magdolna. “He even had a Hammer bowling bag and Hammer bowling shirts to compete in.”
The Special Olympics World Summer Games are known as the only games in the world where all participating athletes are winners. Gold, silver and bronze medals are presented for first, second and third place, and ribbons are presented to fourth- through ninth-place finishers.
Adam, who was bowling in his first World Summer Games, enjoyed the experience. In fact, he is already preparing for the next Special Olympics, which are scheduled for Los Angeles in 2015.
“Until the next Olympics come around, he will be working tirelessly, thriving to improve his technique,” said Magdolna. “And the only equipment he’ll use is Hammer.”
Taking place from June 25th to 4th July 2011, the thirteenth Special Olympics World Summer Games (Athens 2011) is the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. According to the Special Olympics World Summer Games website, the event attracted more than 7,000 athletes from over 180 countries around the world.
— Hammer Bowling Balls & Bowling Equipment -Based in Hopkinsville, Kent., Ebonite International is a privately-owned company that currently services bowling centers, distributors and retail outlets both domestically and internationally. In addition to Hammer, the company’s consumer product brands include Track, Robby’s, Columbia 300, Ebonite and Powerhouse™; its commercial product brand is Ebonite Bowling Center Direct.
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