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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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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


September 23, 2016 | North America: Iowa

Living Unified: Tiffany & Robin

By Lori Emery

Robin Hair, left, and Tiffany Bauerly play on a Special Olympics Unified Sports bowling team.

Special Olympics athlete Robin Hair and Unified partner Tiffany Bauerly of Iowa have lived and played unified for more than 12 yearsView Story Special Olympics athlete Robin Hair and Unified partner Tiffany Bauerly of Iowa have lived and played unified for more than 12 years. They are proud to be part of Special Olympics Unified Sports®. Tiffany was in college when she met Robin. Tiffany and Robin go to know each other through going bowling every week in Sioux City, Iowa. That led to a great friendship. After more than a decade, they are bowling once again through Special Olympics Unified Sports. Tiffany said that being a Unified Partner has been great for her. Unified Partners get to play alongside athletes with intellectual disabilities. Many develop friendships that would most likely not be available in the world outside of Special Olympics. Read more about their friendship at the link below.

About Lori Emery:As the delegation manager for the Sioux City Knights Special Olympics Iowa team, I have seen the impact that Unified Sports has had on so many of our athletes and families. This story features two of our Unified bowlers. Their story is one of how living a unified lifestyle that was started years ago has brought them even closer together doing the sport they love through Special Olympics.
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April 06, 2016 | North America: Bahamas

Special Olympics Bahamas hosts 3rd Annual Mixed Team Bowling Tournament

By Gilbert Williams

Special Olympics Bahamas recently held its 3rd annual Mixed Team Bowling Tournament at Mario's Bowling, Nassau. The tournament serves as a mini fund raiser as well as an awareness initiative.View Story Special Olympics Bahamas recently held its 3rd annual Mixed Team Bowling Tournament at Mario's Bowling, Nassau. The tournament serves as a mini fund raiser as well as an awareness initiative. This years list of entrants included teams from local banks, insurance companies, government ministries and others. This did not phase the Special Olympics "Strike Force" however, as they beat out four other teams in their division to claim the top spot. The bowling program is still celebrating a successful performance at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games, returning home with a bronze medal in the Unified Team competition, gold in the Unified Mixed doubles and a gold medal in one of its singles competition.

About Gilbert Williams:Joined Special Olympics Bahamas in 2010 as a volunteer soccer coach. Later, also took on responsibility as a bowling coach. Became Sports & Training Director in 2013. Attended LA2015 as HOD for 36 member Team Bahamas.
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March 08, 2016 | North America: New Jersey

A Battle to the Finish in New Jersey

By Stephen F. Coston

On a Saturday in March at Hudson Lanes in Jersey City, two Special Olympics bowlers from NJ competed dramatically, as if both were in the Professional Bowlers Tour.View Story On a Saturday in March at Hudson Lanes in Jersey City, two Special Olympics bowlers from NJ competed dramatically, as if both were in the Professional Bowlers Tour. Stephen Coston of Lyndhurst Recreation and John Morgan of Wayne Township Recreation scored series games of 670 to 630 scratch. With the handicap included, the scores were 750 to 700. Stephen Coston scored a 199, 225, and 246 with the first seven strikes in a row. John Morgan scored a 180, 208, and a 237. It happened at the North Jersey Sectional Bowling Competition on March 5. The crowd was going ballistic with all the strikes that were being performed by both athletes. It was like a Rocky saga in a Bowling Center. Stephen's wife, Linda Coston, was ecstatic. Both Stephen and John won medals and advanced to the State Finals coming up on April 3, 2016 Sunday at Brunswick Zone-Carolier Lanes in New Brunswick, NJ at noon.

About Stephen F. Coston:My name is Stephen Coston. I was a Special Olympics Athlete before when I was in Special Education High School from 1973 to 1978. I left the Special Olympics after I graduated from High School to pursue other goals to get myself out of the emotional stigma of being segregated I was dealing with. After 28 years I came back to the Special Olympics of NJ in 2006. I compete in bowling, Softball and Volleyball. My wife Linda competes in Volleyball, bowling and bocce. We been married for 8 years. We got married in October in 2007. I have a College Degree in Computer training and once was a teacher assistant for children ages 2-5 years young. My Occupation is a Mail Supervisor for a Plastic Corporation called AEP. My wife Linda's occupation is Cafeteria work. We are supporting ourselves economically.
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Upcoming Bowling Events


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Event

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October 01, 2016

Metro Regional Bowling Tournament

Join us October 1st at College Lanes and Park Lanes in Shawnee Mission, Kansas as our athletes compete in the Metro Regional Bowling Tournament. 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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Chris Burt
Email:burtc@ksso.org
Phone:913-789-0337
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College Lanes/Park Lanes
10201 College Blvd and 7701 Renner Rd

Shawnee Mission, Kansas
UNITED STATES

October 01, 2016

West Regional Bowling - North

The West Regional Bowling Tournament – North will be held in Colby, KS. For more information, contact Kim Pianalto at pianalotk@ksso.org
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Kim Pianalto
Email:pianaltok@ksso.org
Phone:620-417-5111
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Colby Bowl
1175 S Range Ave

Colby, Kansas
UNITED STATES

October 02, 2016

Area 6 Bowling Tournament

Area 6 bowling invitational for Special Olympics athletes in South Carolina competing in singles bowling events.
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Lynn Scott
Email:lynnscott3227@gmail.com
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Sandpiper Lanes
North Charleston, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Oct 11 - 13 2016

Southeast Regional Bowling Tournament

Join us October 11-13 at Holiday Lanes in Pittsburg, Kansas as our athletes compete in the Southeast Regional Bowling Tournament. 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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Chris Burt
Email:burtc@ksso.org
Phone:913-789-0337
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Holiday Lanes
2406 N Boardway

Pittsburg, Kansas
UNITED STATES

October 15, 2016

Bowling Fund Raiser for Special Olympics

Join us October 15th in St Clair Shores, Michigan for the Water Warriors Bowling Fund Raiser for Special Olympics. The fundraiser will be $20 per person. Matches will be 9 pin no tap and include 2 games. During the event, pizza will be served, there will be 2 mystery games and a 50/50 drawing. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Tom Mager or Eric Schmidt
Email:tom_mager@yahoo.com
Phone:586 292-1526 / 248 8
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25419 Jefferson Ave

St Clair Shores, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Oct 22 - 23 2016

2016 State Team Bowling Championships

Both Unified and Traditional Four person & Doubles Bowling. Each Participant will receive a gift commemorating Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day. Approximately 1,200 athletes & partners will compete in this state competition.
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Marty Allen
Email:allenspoly@aol.com
Phone:614-271-6785
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Sawmill Lanes ( Unified) and Holiday Lanes (Traditional)
4825 Sawmill Road & 4589 East Broad St

Columbus, Ohio
UNITED STATES

Oct 22 - 22 2016

West Regional Bowling - South

The West Regional Bowling Tournament - South will be held in Dodge City, Kansas. For more information, contact Kim Pianalto at pianalotk@ksso.org.
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Email:pianaltok@ksso.org
Phone:620-417-5111
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Spare Tyme Bowl
11150 Kliesen St./East HWY 50 By Pass

Dodge City, Kansas
UNITED STATES

October 26, 2016

NW. Middle & High School Bowling

This is an event for the Northwest 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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Holiday Lanes
Bossier City, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

October 29, 2016

North Central Regional Bowling

Join us October 29 at Gage Bowl in Topeka, Kansas as our North Central Area athletes compete and show their skill in regional 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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Krystin Guggisberg
Email:guggisbergk@ksso.org
Phone:785-531-0577
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Gage Bowl
4200 SW Huntoon

Topeka, Kansas
UNITED STATES

Nov 2 - 3 2016

Southwest Area Fall Competition (Bowling)

Join us November 2nd and 3rd at Petro Bowl in Lake Charles, LA as our athletes compete and show their skill in bowling competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. This is an event for the Southwest 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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Petro Bowl
Lake Charles, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

November 02, 2016

NW. Elementary Bowling

This is an event for the Northwest 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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Holiday Lanes
Bossier City, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

November 11, 2016

Acadiana Area Bowling North Competition

This is an event for the Acadiana 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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Lafayette Lanes & Acadian Lanes
Lafayette, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

Nov 12 - 13 2016

State Poly Hockey & Unified Bowling Finals

More than 1,200 athletes, coaches and chaperones from 46 counties take part in the State Poly Hockey & Unified Bowling Finals each year. Poly Hockey takes place at Eastern High School and Fieldhouse in Lansing on November 12-13. The Unified Bowling Finals take place on November 12 at Royal Scot Lanes.
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Aaron Mills
Email:aaron.mills@somi.org
Phone:989-774-4393
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Eastern High School and Fieldhouse
Lansing, Michigan
UNITED STATES

December 02, 2016

Capital Area EBR Schools Bowling Tournament (High School)

Join us December 2nd, 2016 at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, LA as our athletes compete and show their skill in bowling competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. 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 03, 2016

Capital Area Independent Bowling Tournament

Join us December 3rd, 2016 at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, LA as our athletes compete and show their skill in bowling competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. This is an event for the Capital/Florida Parishes Area. Male and female athletes and unified partners 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 05, 2016

Capital Area EBR Schools Bowling Tournament (Elementary)

Join us December 5th, 2016 at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, LA as our athletes compete and show their skill in bowling competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. 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 07, 2016

Capital Area EBR Schools Bowling Tournament

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

February 25, 2017

Central Bowling Sectional

Join us as our athletes compete and show their skill in bowling competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports.
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Strathmore Lanes
Matawan, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

March 04, 2017

North Bowling Sectional

Join us as our athletes compete and show their skill in bowling competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports.
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Hudson Lanes
Jersey City, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

March 11, 2017

South Bowling Sectional

Join us as our athletes compete and show their skill in bowling competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports.
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Laurel Lanes
Maple Shade, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

March 26, 2017

Eastern Bowling Sectional

To improve the quality of the events we offer, we have begun implementation of some new competition processes and procedures for our Sectional and State Competitions. Please click on the link below to familiarize yourself with these changes as well as an important reminder about the requirements for coaches (and other Class A volunteers) to attend Sectional and State competitions.
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

Apr 1 - 2 2017

Spring Games - Bowling

Join us April 1-2 at Brunswick Zone in North Brunswick, New Jersey 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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Angela Huggins
Email:akh@sonj.org
Phone:609-896-8000
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Brunswick Zone
1 Carolier Lane

North Brunswick, New Jersey
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.