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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


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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April 17, 2017 | Europe Eurasia: Israel

Eyal Damari is an Israeli national team player for youth in bowling

By DAMARI AMNON

Eyal proudly carried the flag of Israel at the opening ceremony

My son, Eyal Damari,is an Israeli national team athlete and participated in the European Youth Championship 2017.View Story Hello, I am here in Helsinki, Finland with my son, Eyal Damari, who is an Israeli national team athlete and who participated in the European Youth Championship 2017. Eyal Damari is a youth with special needs and he is a Special Olympics athlete in Israel, and despite the difficulties he has, he is a bowler in the Israeli youth team. Eyal Damari was the Israeli youth champion in bowling for 2015. It is the first time in the world that a Special Olympics athlete is on the Israeli national team and is competing in such a championship. As a father, I am very proud of my son, who can serve as a model for any Special Olympics athlete in the world. He shows that it's possible to succeed, and proudly implements the slogan, Give me the courage to succeed. At the opening ceremony, Eyal proudly carried the flag of Israel.

About DAMARI AMNON:I am the father of Eyal Damari, I am also a bowler, an amateur. Eyal from the age of 8 played bowling with me, and I wanted because of the difficulties that Eyal has as a child with special needs that Eyal Damari will have something to strengthen him.Eyal as member of the Israel team, which participates in the European Youth Championship, represents the State of Israel as a youth player, no more happy and proud of me.
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March 31, 2017 | North America: Virginia

Our basketball season was a sucess

By Lee S Blakeman

I thought I was too old to play basketball as I am 56 years old but over the course of the season I learned differently.View Story My name is Lee Blakeman. I play for the Arlington Blue senior basketball team. This was my first time playing basketball with Special Olympics and the first time in 40 years I played competitive basketball. It was a rewarding experience. I thought I was too old to play basketball as I am 56 years old but over the course of the season I learned differently. The team I played on Arlington Blue won our division in our basketball tournament last weekend at Marymount University. I was privileged to play with a group of basketball players on my team that helped inspire me to do my best. I am looking forward to hopefully defending our title next season. I start Special Olympics Bowling in a few weeks and I am also planning of trying soccer (football as they say in Europe) this fall.

About Lee S Blakeman:My name is Lee S Blakeman I have been involved with Special Olympics for 24 seasons mostly in bowling, winning 18 gold medals but have recently expanded into other sports. I am from Area 26 in Northern Virginia in the United States.
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Bowling Events


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Jun 2 - 4 2017

49th Annual Rhode Island State Summer Games

The State Summer Games will be held Friday, June 2nd, through Sunday June 4th at the University of Rhode Island. Over 1,500 athletes will be participating in sports over the course of this most anticipated weekend-long sporting event of the year! Sports that will be offered include: Track & Field, Swimming, Cycling, Bowling, Powerlifting, Soccer & Motor Activities Training Program.
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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

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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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

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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.