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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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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 11, 2017 | North America: North Carolina

A True Family Affair: Siblings Become Unified Partners

By Katie McGhee

Leah and Jared pose with their medals

Jared Vinansky took hold of his bowling ball and slowly walked toward the end of the lane. The air was thick with tension, nerves and excitementView Story Jared Vinansky took hold of his bowling ball and slowly walked toward the end of the lane. The air was thick with tension, nerves and excitement, but Jared was focused. His arm swung backward with ball in tow and with a flick of the wrist, the ball began rolling down the lane.One pin down, then four pins, seven pins, and it’s a strike!The crowd cheered loudly for Jared, but he heard his parents the most clearly as he stepped forward to see his Special Olympics Unified Partner beaming at him. He challenged her to get a strike, too. They may be Unified Partners, but they still compete with each other. After all, that’s what brothers and sisters do.

About Katie McGhee:I am the Communications Manager for Special Olympics North Carolina.
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June 20, 2017 | North America: Delaware

Delaware Unified Partner wins prestigious Nike 'I Am Sport Award'

By Jon Buzby

At the annual Delaware Sports Awards banquet, Keegan Cahill poses next to his News Journal "Athlete of the Week" poster; he was named athlete of the week earlier in the year.

Keegan Cahill has had a busy year. All his hard work on the field and off the field earned him a prestigious award from Nike.

View Story Keegan Cahill has had a busy year. He was the quarterback of the Newark Charter School’s Unified flag football team, and he led the team to a state championship last fall. He won a bronze medal in the Special Olympics Delaware Unified doubles bowling competition over the winter. He served as a captain on the Newark Charter School Patriots varsity lacrosse team this spring.But it was as much Cahill’s efforts off the field as his prowess on it that earned him the Nike I Am Sport Award. He received the award at the annual Delaware Sports Awards. The award recognizes those who have a passion for sports that they’ve passed on to others.As a Unified partner in Special Olympics Unified Sports, Cahill plays alongside teammates with and without intellectual disabilities. He has been involved with Unified Sports for two years.“It has been such a great opportunity to work so closely with Special Olympics throughout the past year,” Cahill said. “I strongly believe that everyone deserves an equal chance to play sports in high school, disability or no disability. And making that happen means a great deal to me."He helped organize the school's Spread the Word to End the Word event and is a leader in their Respect Club. Click on the link for the complete story.

About Jon Buzby:Jon Buzby is the director of media relations for Special Olympics Delaware and a freelance writer and sportscaster.
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May 09, 2017 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

SOEE Bowling Seminar Success in Malta

By Ecem Acar

Special Olympics Europe Eurasia Sports Director Mariusz Damentko and European Ten-pin Bowling Federation President Addie Ophelders

Special Olympics Malta hosted 20 participants from 12 countries for the SOEE Bowling Seminar.View Story Special Olympics Malta hosted 20 participants from 12 countries for the Special Olympics Europe Eurasia Bowling Seminar in late April. This was also a remarkable opportunity to promote the very successful partnership of Special Olympics with the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF). The seminar consisted of theoretical and practical coaching sessions with participation of 10 Special Olympics Malta bowlers. SOEE Sports Director Mariusz Damentko said: “We are proud to have such excellent partners as ETBF, who bring value to our work from including us in demonstrations during European and World Bowling Championships to visibility in ETBF publications and website.” During the signing of a memorandum, ETBF President Addie Ophelders underlined how Special Olympics is important to ETBF. He said, “We can promise to enlarge our cooperation and encourage all bowling national federations to support Special Olympics national programs."

About Ecem Acar:Communications and Marketing Manager, Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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Bowling Events


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Sep 15 - 17 2017

South Dakota Fall Classic

We are expecting 200 athletes and Unified partners to participate in our 2nd State Bocce Tournament. Over 300 athletes are expected to participate in our State Softball Tournament. Teams will compete in traditional team slow-pitch, Unified slow-pitch and t-ball competition over this two day tournament.
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October 07, 2017

West Regional Bowling Tournament – North

The West Regional Bowling Tournament – North will be held at the Colby Bowl & fun Center in Colby, KS. The competition will be held from 9:00am to 1:00pm. For more information, contact Kim Pianalto at pianalotk@ksso.org
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October 07, 2017

South Central Regional Bowling Tournament

The South Central Regional Bowling Tournament will be held on October 7th at North Rock Lanes, 3232 N Rock Rd Wichita, KS 67226. Competition will begin at 8:00am. For more information, contact Ali Barnard at barnarda@ksso.org.
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October 14, 2017

Metro Regional Bowling Tournament

The Metro Regional Bowling Tournament will be held at two locations: Park Lanes, Shawnee, and College Lanes in Overland Park. The competition will be at 9:00am. For more information, contact Chris Burt at burtc@ksso.org
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October 14, 2017

Unified Bowling Nebraska (East)

Join us on Saturday, October 14th at Maplewood Lanes in Omaha, Nebraska as athletes and their Unified partners compete in Unified Bowling competition.
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October 19, 2017

Northeast Area Unified Doubles Bowling

Join us on October 19th at Tommy Lanes in Watertown as athletes from the Southeast Area compete in Unified doubles bowling. To learn more about this event refer to the contact info.
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October 21, 2017

North Central Regional Bowling Tournament

The North Central Regional Bowling Tournament will be held at Gage Bowl, 4200 SW Huntoon St. Topeka, KS. Competition bowling times are 9:00am, 11:00am. and 1:00pm. For more information, contact Krystin Guggisberg at guggisbergk@ksso.org
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October 21, 2017

West Regional Bowling Tournament – South

The West Regional Bowling Tournament – South will be held at the Spare Tyme Bowl in Dodge City, KS. The competition will be held from 9:00am to 2:00pm. For more information, contact Kim Pianalto at pianalotk@ksso.org
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Nov 3 - 5 2017

State Traditional Bowling Tournament

Over 500 athletes are expected to participate in singles, doubles, and team events over three days of competition.
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Nov 18 - 19 2017

State Unified Bowling Tournament

This will be our 13th State Unified Tournament. We are expecting 300 bowlers to participate in doubles and team events.
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December 01, 2017

EBR Schools Bowling Tournament (High School)

This is an event for the Capital Area. Male and female athletes from the area will compete. Join us December 1st at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as our athletes compete and show their skill in bowling competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. To play, coach or volunteer for this event see your area contacts.
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All-Star Lanes
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

December 02, 2017

Capital Area Independent Bowling Tournament

This is an event for the Capital/Florida Parishes Area. Male and female athletes and unified partners from the area will compete. Join us December 2nd at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as our athletes compete and show their skill in bowling competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. To play, coach or volunteer for this event see your area contacts.
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All-Star Lanes
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

December 04, 2017

EBR Schools Bowling Tournament (Elementary)

This is an event for the Capital Area. Join us December 4th at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as our athletes compete and show their skill in bowling competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. To play, coach or volunteer for this event see your area contacts.
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All-Star Lanes
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

December 06, 2017

EBR Schools Bowling Tournament (Middle School)

This is an event for the Capital Area. Male and female athletes from the area will compete. To play, coach or volunteer for this event see your area contacts.
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All-Star Lanes
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

December 08, 2017

Unified Bowling School Invitational

This is a welcoming environment that uses sports as a tool to defeat intolerance. Schools that participate in Unified Bowling are not required to bowl five days a week nor have a background in bowling to participate. Instead, we want students to work together, learn from each other and to have fun bowling!
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Apr 16 - 20 2018

Special Olympics Australia National Games

The pinnacle event of the Special Olympics Australia calendar, 1,000 athletes with intellectual disability will compete in 11 sports in Adelaide at the 11th National Summer Games. Competition will inlcude: Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling (Tenpin), Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Sailing, Swimming and Tennis.
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Jun 14 - 17 2018

2018 Special Olympics Ireland Games

Circa 1,600 athletes from all corners of Ireland will participate in the 4-day residential Games in 13 sports competitions and a Motor Activities Training Programme. Competitions will include Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Kayaking, Swimming, Tenpin Bowling, Table Tennis, and Pitch & Putt.
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Mar 14 - 21 2019

2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, will be the host of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The Games will be held 14 to 21 March in 2019. The Games will span seven days of competition. About 7,000 athletes from more than 170 countries are invited to attend. The Games will feature competition in 24 sports.
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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.