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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


October 26, 2016 | North America: South Dakota

Bowlers and Volunteers Encourage One Another

By Randee Thayer

Last Friday I spent the day volunteering at the Special Olympics Bowling tournament. That day was one of the best experiences in my life.View Story Last Friday I spent the day volunteering at the Special Olympics Bowling tournament. That day was one of the best experiences in my life. I was able to meet amazing people that had happy outlooks on life. I had never volunteered before at any kind of activity like this, and I completely regret never helping out the last couple years. I never thought I’d enjoy being a part of this experience as much as I did. An athlete named Steve won first place in his bowling group and he was so ecstatic I could hardly believe it. Steve is full of energy and I could tell he truly enjoyed bowling. He kept trying to make a deal with me, in which if he got all of his pins down he would go buy me a soda. And then every time he would miss a couple pins he was get upset and I reassured him he would do it next time. Another amazing person I got the pleasure of meeting was Shad. Shad was in a wheelchair but that would never stop him from bowling. He told me that he bowls every Thursday night, and I believed him, because he even had his own ball and knew exactly how to get a strike every single time. He had to boss me around in the beginning to tell me not to mess with the ramp: he could move it exactly where he needed it to be and he needed the hole in the ball facing down before he could push it down the lane. Jenny Griffin, Central’s Cobbler to Cobbler counselor, has seen students experience similar reactions to mine. “The Special Olympics Bowling is a great opportunity for Central High School students to work alongside the athletes. Both students and athletes have fun and really treasure the memories of the day.” Senior Tehya Harper was also volunteering for Special Olympics, something she has done all four years of her high school career. She’s able to describe succinctly what makes it so fun: “My favorite part of volunteering is the feeling of fulfillment and happiness when I see the smiles on the athlete's faces. ”

About Randee Thayer:I am a first time Special Olympics volunteer. I am a high school student. I look forward to another Special Olympic opportunity.
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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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Upcoming Bowling Events


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December 16, 2016

Jefferson Area Independent Bowling

Join us December 16th at Colonial Lanes in Harahan, Louisiana as our athletes compete and show their skill in bowling competition. 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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Colonial Lanes
Harahan, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

January 13, 2017

Jefferson Area Elementary School Bowling

This is an event for the Eastbank of the Jefferson Area. Male and female athletes from the area will compete. To play, coach or volunteer for this event use the link below to see your area contacts.
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Colonial Lanes
6601 Jefferson Hwy

Harahan, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

January 20, 2017

Jefferson Area Elementary School Bowling

This is an event for the Westbank of the Jefferson Area. Male and female athletes from the area will compete. To play, coach or volunteer for this event use the link below to see your area contacts.
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Colonial Lanes
6601 Jefferson Hwy

Harahan, 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

Mar 3 - 5 2017

State Indoor Games

This is an event for all Areas. Male and female athletes from across the state will compete in Basketball, Bowling and Tennis. Sign up today to play, coach or volunteer for this event.
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Automotive Sportsplex, All-Star Lanes, Independence Park, Circle Bowl
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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.