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


July 14, 2015 | North America: Ohio

Thanks to Special Olympic Athletes and Committee in Columbus, OH Summer Games

By Eric

This was my first year volunteering at the Special Olympics in Columbus, Ohio for the Summer Games I will say that that was my first of many years to come.View Story This was my first year volunteering at the Special Olympics in Columbus, Ohio for the Summer Games. I decided to make a weekend and called off work for Friday through Sunday. Friday I had a great time helping serve dinner to the athletes and coaches...over 3500 of them were served. Saturday my event was bicycling...I was very impressed with the bicyclists as all of them completed the their respective race. Then on Sunday I was assigned to the bowling competition. I enjoyed helping coordinate my 3 athlete's lanes as they shared high fives, smiles and laughs with me. My assistant who was a competitor the previous day helped me understand the operations of the lanes. Then I had the chance to help the teams to the awards presentations. I will say that that was my first of many years to come. The men and women that I met while there made me feel welcomed and appreciated and I could see the enjoyment that I helped share with them on their faces. My love to all our Athletes!!!!

About Eric :My name is Eric, I am 42 and live in Southern Ohio. I work as a Telecom Technician for a utility provider.
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May 12, 2015 | North America: Michigan

Sam Wiley, Who Has Down Syndrome, Wins Gold in Special Olympic Bowling!

By Hannah Kim

Sam Wiley, who has Down syndrome, won gold in Special Olympic Bowling at Haslett High School. He is legally blind and has an intellectual disability.View Story Sam Wiley, who has Down syndrome, won gold in Special Olympic Bowling at Haslett High School. He is legally blind and has an intellectual disability. That doesn't hold him back from bowling. As a freshman, he was homecoming king. Now, he has 1 gold medal in Special Olympic Bowling with Mrs. Porritt.

About Hannah Kim:I have moderate autism and I have an IQ of 140, but I have a heart for Sam Wiley.
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April 21, 2015 | North America: Ohio

The Moment

By Ed Zirkle

Erin and friend

this was the last day of youth bowling and the little one, 5, with his trophy pin wanted to give Erin, 25, a hug and she returned a kiss.View Story This photo is from the last day of youth bowling and the little one, 5, with his trophy pin wanted to give Erin, 25, a hug and she returned a kiss. Erin was helping out with the youth bowling program. A decent bowler herself, she loved working with the children in the youth program. They both have Down syndrome and it's a bit of a mirrored image looking back on Erin 20 years ago.

About Ed Zirkle:Photojournalist and family friend working on a documentary about special needs families.
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Upcoming Bowling Events


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Event

Location

October 17, 2015

Upper Peninsula Regional Bowling Tournament

Join us on Ocotber 17th at Recreation Lanes in Iron Mountain, Michigan as our athletes compete and show their skill in bowling competition. Their will be three rounds of bowling and the event is being sponsored by Boss. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Laura Doney
Email:Area38@somi.org
Phone:906-282-4787
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Recreation Lanes
1555 North Stephenson Avenue

Iron Mountain, Michigan
UNITED STATES

October 25, 2015

Southwest Region Bowling Tournament - Tacoma

Join us October 25th in Tacoma, Washington as our athletes compete and show their skill in bowling competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Scott Friberg
Email:sfriberg@sowa.org
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Tacoma, Washington
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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