The Carolina Crushers
Bowling is an activity widely known to require observation, dexterity, and precision. Attempting it blindfolded would discourage most people from trying it. To Michael Baggett and Peggy Washington though, that’s just a regular part of the challenge. These who, members of the Carolina Crushers bowling team, bring with them a fearless gameplan to succeed with little to no vision.
Imagine you’re diagnosed with a visual impairment at the age of 5 and didn’t become interested in bowling until 17 years old. Picture also competing with someone who may see an object 20 – 100 feet away as if they had a microscope, while you could barely tell if it was night or day. Michael Baggett senses light and specific patterns that can help him aim down a lane, but is missing detailed sight. He still proves capable of scoring multiple strikes however, and the only special equipment involved is a set of wrist guards to prevent sprains. He and Peggy proudly point out that there have been no injuries on their 15-member team.