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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


March 12, 2017 | Asia Pacific: Malaysia

Special Olympics Sarawak State Games 2017 in Malaysia

By Clement Belun Anak Desmond

This picture it was during a group photo and I taken at The Borneo Post 8/3/17.

My name is Clement Belun Anak Desmond. I am from Sibu,Sarawak.View Story My name is Clement Belun Anak Desmond. I am from Sibu, Sarawak.I am 18 years old and now I am in normal class to learn how to survive on my own during the future. The sports that I always taken are bowling and swimming but I am not good in swimming. When I was in primary school, I always joined swimming training on Friday evenings. Then, in secondary school, I started to join bowling training on Saturday mornings. So,the sport I like in Special Olympics is bowling. Before the bowling tournament in Kuching, a teacher selected me to go to Kuching and then I was very excited because it is my first time to be selected during sport tournament. I had been a first time go to Macau for track and field event but I got one medal only because during the track event, I was disqualified. That medal I won was for Shot Put event. So,this is my real story about my Special Olympics chronologies.

About Clement Belun Anak Desmond:During the Closing Ceremony of the 4th Sarawak State Games Ten Pin Bowling 2017 in Sibu,I was very excited I got 2 medals for Team category and Double category and I don't know how to mix with each other especially the Special Olympics athletes from Kuching and Miri because I didn't do an introducing my name and which school do you study.Another from that story,I was a Best Bowling Player during the Sarawak State Ten Pin Bowling at Kuching in 1/5/2014.During that day,I was very happy because the people mention my name I was a Best Bowling Player from Sibu.So I get the medal.This is my real story and I like to play bowling very much.
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March 06, 2017 | Asia Pacific: Nippon (Japan)

Special Olympics, opportunities for growing

By Yuichi Yoshida

© Special Olympics Nippon

My daughter, Aya,started her bowling career with 0 points, but kept practicing. Her high score now is 256.View Story My daughter, Aya, joined in Special Olympics in 2005. She started her bowling career with 0 point, but kept practicing with support and encouragement from coaches, co-athletes and volunteers and love from us. After twelve years of efforts, her high score now is 256. This progress began to give her confidence in herself, which she had almost lost from being laughed at by her classmates and from having hard time understanding school lessons. Once she regained confidence, she started challenging new sports. She was courageous enough to challenge snowshoeing. Last winter she participated in National Games, where she snowshoed on the snow for the first time in her life. She fell down several times, shed tears, and stopped a few times, but she never gave up. She finished and won the gold medal, which qualified her to World Games 2017. Now she is a little nervous, but I believe, her challenge in Austria will bring her huge confidence and many friends from all over the world.

About Yuichi Yoshida:My daughter, Aya will participate in Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.
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January 09, 2017 | Europe Eurasia: Israel

The 2016 Israeli Sports Ministry Awards ceremony

By Reuven Astrachan

Tal Hof & Shay Ben-Zaken during the awards ceremony

On January 3th, two of Special Olympics Israel's athletes were awarded for their outstanding performances in 2016 with the “Israeli Sports Award".View Story On January 3th, two oSpecial Olympics Israel athletes were honored for outstanding performances in 2016 with the “Israeli Sports Award". The athletes were Tal Hof, for bowling, and Shay Ben-Zaken, for basketball. It has been, by far, the most important and significant award ever to include Special Olympics athletes. The ceremony was very emotional for the athletes, their families and our movement. The biggest achievement, as we see it, was the fact that our athletes were awarded with the same awards as the other athletes. There was no "special" ceremony for us - we were there as equal. Sports Minister Miri Regev represented the government. There were many other Israeli sports officials and celebrities presenting the awards to the athletes. Before the introduction of the awards, a short video clip about Special Olympics Israel was shown. This is indeed a wonderful achievement and a milestone in the recognition of our athletes on an equal playing field. It is, no doubt, a wonderful recognition for the Special Olympics program in Israel.

About Reuven Astrachan:I am National Director of Special Olympics Israel
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Bowling Events


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Event

Location

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.
For more information
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

April 01, 2017

Area 30 Bowling

Area 30 bowling practice takes place Saturday afternoons in April/May from 1:30-3:30 pm at Northern Bowling Lanes.
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Jul 7 - 9 2017

2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games

The 2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games is taking place in Medicine Hat from July 7 to 9. Medicine Hat will host the largest Provincial Summer Games with over 1,200 athletes and coaches from across the province. Athletes will compete in 11 summer sports: 5 and 10 pin bowling, athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, soccer, softball and swimming.
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July 15, 2017

Unified Bowling Tournament

This is an event for the Capital Area. Join us July 15th at All Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as our athletes Male and female athletes and unified partners from the area will compete 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

July 15, 2017

Capital Area Unified Bowling Tournament

This is an event for the Capital 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, LA
UNITED STATES

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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See 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

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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.