Bowling

This page draws together bowling-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


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Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics bowling.  View the Bowling Fact Sheet

Ten-pin Bowling commonly called "Bowling" in the US, is a competitive sport in which a player (the "bowler") rolles a bowling ball down a wooden or synthetic lane with the objectvie of scoring points by knocking down as many pins as possible.

Although Bowling does not belong to the Olympic sports, it is among the most popular sports in Special Olympics. It is a particularly beneficial sport to people with intellectual disabilities, irrespective of their age or sports abilities, since it ensures physical exercise and at the same time participation and social integration. Plus, it's great fun!


Bowling Stories and News


November 05, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Israel

"I got more than I gave!" - Unified Bowling teammate from Israel tells his story

By Marius Lybovitch

The Israel Bowling Federation formed a joint venture with Special Olympics Israel, where Special Olympics athletes play in the national league.

I signed up to Unified Bowling to give something back. Let me say one simple, yet, meaningful sentence - in this case I really don't know who is one the giving side and, who is on the receiving side. In the end I felt that I was given something special. The energy that I got from the Special OView Story I signed up to Unified Bowling to give something back. Let me say one simple, yet, meaningful sentence - in this case I really don't know who is one the giving side and, who is on the receiving side. In the end I felt that I was given something special. The energy that I got from the Special Olympics athletes via a smile or by cheer; fills you up with a sense of victory and unprecedented achievement. What is considered easy and straightforward for me, was nothing less than huge effort for the athletes. It was great will power and persistence, despite the obvious difficulties. I learned that one has to look over its limitations and disabilities and look straight ahead to the target. Although sometimes we see these athletes through their disabilities, they don't - so, who is the one with the disabled and limited vision? I'm looking forward to the next meeting, this time with a better understanding and respect to the athletes and to the Bowling Federation for this initiative.

About Marius Lybovitch :I am a Unified Bowling partner with the Super Strike Club, Israel.
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October 24, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Special Olympics Korea Meets with World Tenpin Bowling Association

By Sara Prescott

Individuals in photo from left to right: LEE, Yoonhyuk (SOK Sports Director) Christer Jonsson (WTBA Secretary General) Kevin Dornberger (WTBA President/CEO) SONG, Dongkeun (SOK National Director) CHUNG, Younghee (KBC Senior Director)

Special Olympics is working with the international governing body of bowling, the World Tenpin Bowling Association to connect national governing bodies with our accredited programs to share resources and growing the sport of bowlingView Story Special Olympics is working with the international governing body of bowling, the World Tenpin Bowling Association to connect national governing bodies with our accredited programs to share resources and growing the sport of bowling within Special Olympics. On September 30th, Kevin Dornberger, President and CEO of WTBA, met with Younghee Chung, Senior Director of the Korea Bowling Congress, Toonhyuk Lee, Sports Director of Special Olympics Korea and Dongkeun Song, National Director of SO Korea. This meeting established future support from WTBA and KBC for Special Olympics Korea and their bowling program. For more information, please contact Sara Prescott.

About Sara Prescott:Sara works with the Special Olympics Sports department in DC.
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October 01, 2014 | North America: Florida

Why I Love Unified Sports

By Jennifer Hartley

Our Unified Bowling Team won first place!

To me, playing unified sports is like having one big family. We all talk to each other, laugh together, and learn from each other. Thank you Eunice Kennedy Shriver for starting this very important movement.View Story Both my husband and sister have intellectual disabilities. Playing unified sports is a way for me to play with them and gives me a chance to spend more time with them. I love seeing them try new things and how they feel when they realize- Hey! I can do this too! It's so much fun when we can stand there side by side and receive ribbons or medals for what we have accomplished. Thanks to unified sports, I have made so many new friends! Getting to compete alongside the athletes is an experience I will never forget. We all cheer for each other and encourage one another. If someone is upset, we comfort them. To me, playing unified sports is like having one big family. We all talk to each other, laugh together, and learn from each other. Thank you Eunice Kennedy Shriver for starting this very important movement. Your legacy will never be forgotten. In your words- Play unified to live unified!

About Jennifer Hartley:I am 36 years old, and I am a Unified Partner. I play soccer, football, basketball, I swim, and I bowl I live with my husband, sister, and 4 dogs. I love to do volunteer work in my community.
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Upcoming Bowling Events


Date

Event

Location

December 06, 2014

Capital Area Independent Bowling Tournament

Join us on December 6th at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a day of Unified bowling competition. Male and female athletes and Unified partners from Capital/Florida Parishes area will compete in this event. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
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Charles Guillory
Email:chzgil@gmail.com
Phone:225-963-9028
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All-Star Lanes
9829 Airline Hwy

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

December 06, 2014

Illinois State Bowling Competition

State Bowling is one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in bowling. State Bowling is hosted at Landmark Lanes in Peoria. It is a stand alone competition and serves as a showcase for our bowling athletes to demonstrate the skills they have learned throughout the year. Everyone is encouraged to attend this premiere state tournament so make sure you don’t miss this great event!
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David Shindley
Email:dshindley@soill.org
Phone:309-888-2551
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Landmark Lanes
3225 N. Dries Lane

Peoria, Illinois
UNITED STATES

December 07, 2014

10 Pin Bowling Championships

Join us on 7 December 2014 at Bowl America in Gaithersburg, Maryland as athletes and Unified partners from around the state compete in day of bowling competition. Events will include: Traditional singles; Ramp assisted singles; Traditional Doubles; Unified Doubles. For schedule details, please refer to the link below.
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Mike Czarnowsky
Email:mczarnowsky@somd.org
Phone:410-242-1515
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Bowl America
1101 Clopper Road

Gaithersburg, Maryland
UNITED STATES

December 08, 2014

Capital Area EBR Schools Bowling Tournament

Join us on December 8th at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a day of Unified bowling competition. Male and female athletes and unified partners from the Capital area will compete in this event. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
For more information
More Details
Charles Guillory
Email:chzgil@gmail.com
Phone:225-963-9028
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All-Star Lanes
9829 Airline Hwy

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

December 12, 2014

Capital Area EBR Schools Bowling Tournament

Join us on December 12th at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a day of Unified bowling competition. Male and female athletes and unified partners from the Capital area will compete in this event. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
For more information
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Charles Guillory
Email:chzgil@gmail.com
Phone: 225-963-9028
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All-Star Lanes
9829 Airline Hwy

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

Dec 13 - 14 2014

2014 Southern California Fall Games

Be inspired by athletic determination and courage. Come cheer on more than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California as they compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons at Fall Games. The Games will feature our six fall/winter sports — bowling, floor hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Fall Games, one of our largest competitions, is the second of two Southern California competitions held every year.
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Email:info@sosc.org
Phone:562-502-1100
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Fountain Valley Sports Park
16400 Brookhurst St

Fountain Valley, California
UNITED STATES

Dec 14 - 15 2014

Southern California Fall Games

Be inspired by athletic determination and courage. Come cheer on more than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California as they compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons at Fall Games. The Games will feature our six fall/winter sports — bowling, floor hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Fall Games, one of our largest competitions, is the second of two Southern California competitions held every year.
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Fountain Valley and Irvine
Fountain Valley and Irvine, California
UNITED STATES

Feb 5 - 8 2015

Special Olympics Texas Winter Games

We are excited to invite you to the 22nd annual Winter Games! Athletes from across the state have been training for weeks to compete in bowling, powerlifting, and volleyball. In addition, special events such as Opening Ceremonies, Athlete Village, Victory Dance, Closing Ceremonies and various clinics and demonstrations will round out the experience for athletes, coaches and families in attendance. Special Olympics Games bring out the champion in all of us!
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Tela Mange
Email:tmange@sotx.org
Phone:512-491-2928
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Various Venues
Austin and Round Rock, Texas
UNITED STATES

Jul 24 - Aug 2 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
Email:info@la2015.org
Phone:213-892-6018
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California
UNITED STATES

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Bowling Competitions

2014 Canada Summer Games

The Special Olympics 2014 Canada Summer Games was the largest Canadian Games ever. See results and teams.


2014 USA Games

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games ran June 14-21. See results and stories.


2013 Asia Pacific Games

Athletes from 30 Asia Pacific and East Asia regions compete in the inaugural Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games. Get schedules and results.


2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.


How to Get Involved in Special Olympics

Special Olympics sports training, coaching and competitions go on in more than 170 countries around the world. You can get involved by getting in touch with the closest Special Olympics office.

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