Bowling

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


November 05, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Israel

"I got more than I gave!" - Unified Bowling teammate from Israel tells his story

By Marius Lybovitch

The Israel Bowling Federation formed a joint venture with Special Olympics Israel, where Special Olympics athletes play in the national league.

I signed up to Unified Bowling to give something back. Let me say one simple, yet, meaningful sentence - in this case I really don't know who is one the giving side and, who is on the receiving side. In the end I felt that I was given something special. The energy that I got from the Special OView Story I signed up to Unified Bowling to give something back. Let me say one simple, yet, meaningful sentence - in this case I really don't know who is one the giving side and, who is on the receiving side. In the end I felt that I was given something special. The energy that I got from the Special Olympics athletes via a smile or by cheer; fills you up with a sense of victory and unprecedented achievement. What is considered easy and straightforward for me, was nothing less than huge effort for the athletes. It was great will power and persistence, despite the obvious difficulties. I learned that one has to look over its limitations and disabilities and look straight ahead to the target. Although sometimes we see these athletes through their disabilities, they don't - so, who is the one with the disabled and limited vision? I'm looking forward to the next meeting, this time with a better understanding and respect to the athletes and to the Bowling Federation for this initiative.

About Marius Lybovitch :I am a Unified Bowling partner with the Super Strike Club, Israel.
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October 24, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Special Olympics Korea Meets with World Tenpin Bowling Association

By Sara Prescott

Individuals in photo from left to right: LEE, Yoonhyuk (SOK Sports Director) Christer Jonsson (WTBA Secretary General) Kevin Dornberger (WTBA President/CEO) SONG, Dongkeun (SOK National Director) CHUNG, Younghee (KBC Senior Director)

Special Olympics is working with the international governing body of bowling, the World Tenpin Bowling Association to connect national governing bodies with our accredited programs to share resources and growing the sport of bowlingView Story Special Olympics is working with the international governing body of bowling, the World Tenpin Bowling Association to connect national governing bodies with our accredited programs to share resources and growing the sport of bowling within Special Olympics. On September 30th, Kevin Dornberger, President and CEO of WTBA, met with Younghee Chung, Senior Director of the Korea Bowling Congress, Toonhyuk Lee, Sports Director of Special Olympics Korea and Dongkeun Song, National Director of SO Korea. This meeting established future support from WTBA and KBC for Special Olympics Korea and their bowling program. For more information, please contact Sara Prescott.

About Sara Prescott:Sara works with the Special Olympics Sports department in DC.
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October 01, 2014 | North America: Florida

Why I Love Unified Sports

By Jennifer Hartley

Our Unified Bowling Team won first place!

To me, playing unified sports is like having one big family. We all talk to each other, laugh together, and learn from each other. Thank you Eunice Kennedy Shriver for starting this very important movement.View Story Both my husband and sister have intellectual disabilities. Playing unified sports is a way for me to play with them and gives me a chance to spend more time with them. I love seeing them try new things and how they feel when they realize- Hey! I can do this too! It's so much fun when we can stand there side by side and receive ribbons or medals for what we have accomplished. Thanks to unified sports, I have made so many new friends! Getting to compete alongside the athletes is an experience I will never forget. We all cheer for each other and encourage one another. If someone is upset, we comfort them. To me, playing unified sports is like having one big family. We all talk to each other, laugh together, and learn from each other. Thank you Eunice Kennedy Shriver for starting this very important movement. Your legacy will never be forgotten. In your words- Play unified to live unified!

About Jennifer Hartley:I am 36 years old, and I am a Unified Partner. I play soccer, football, basketball, I swim, and I bowl I live with my husband, sister, and 4 dogs. I love to do volunteer work in my community.
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Upcoming Bowling Events


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Event

Location

January 18, 2015

Winter Bowling Championships

Each January, the Special Olympics Virginia bowlers from across the state meet in Northern Virginia to go for the gold at our Winter Bowling Championships. Bowlers, coaches, family, and friends are also invited to attend FanQuest on Saturday night at Robinson Secondary School to watch local Special Olympics high school basketball teams go head to head, followed by a Victory Dance and Olympic Town. Registered Bowling Championships participants (athletes, coaches, and chaperones) will receive dinner at the high school.
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Bowl America Dranesville
46940 Woodson Dr

Sterling, Virginia
UNITED STATES

January 23, 2015

Area-Eleven Masters Bowling Tournament

Join us on January 23rd as our athletes compete at the Special Olympics South Carolina Area-Eleven Masters Bowling Tournament at the Strikers Family Sports Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sport. Hope to see you there!
For more information
Email:area11sosc@hotmail.com
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Strikers Family Sports Center
124 N. Anderson Rd.

Rock Hill, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

January 26, 2015

Area-Eleven Young Athlete and Junior Bowling Tournament

Join us on January 26th for the Special Olympics South Carolina Area -Eleven Young Athlete and Junior Bowling Tournament at the Strikers Family Sports Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Athletes ages 3-12 will compete and showcase their skill on the lanes. For more information about the event please refer to the contact info and link below.
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Email:area11sosc@hotmail.com
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Strikers Family Sports Center
124 N. Anderson Rd.

Rock Hill, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

January 27, 2015

Area Eleven Senior Bowling Tournament

Join us on January 27th for the Special Olympics South Carolina Area -Eleven Young Athlete and Junior Bowling Tournament at the Strikers Family Sports Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Athletes ages 13-20 will compete and showcase their skill on the lanes. For more information about the event please refer to the contact info and link below.
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Email:area11sosc@hotmail.com
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Strikers Family Sports Center
124 N. Anderson Rd.

Rock Hill, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

Feb 5 - 8 2015

Special Olympics Texas Winter Games

We are excited to invite you to the 22nd annual Winter Games! Athletes from across the state have been training for weeks to compete in bowling, powerlifting, and volleyball. In addition, special events such as Opening Ceremonies, Athlete Village, Victory Dance, Closing Ceremonies and various clinics and demonstrations will round out the experience for athletes, coaches and families in attendance. Special Olympics Games bring out the champion in all of us!
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Tela Mange
Email:tmange@sotx.org
Phone:512-491-2928
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Various Venues
Austin and Round Rock, Texas
UNITED STATES

Mar 27 - 29 2015

Missouri State Indoor Games

The 2015 State Indoor Games will be held at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri from March 27-29. Competition will begin at 8 a.m. on March 27th and go until 6 p.m on March 29th. The sports offered are basketball and bowling. Athletes are allowed to participate in both of these sports.
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Susan Shaffer
Email:shaffer@somo.org
Phone:573-635-1660
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Fort Leonard Wood
Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
UNITED STATES

May 28 - 30 2015

Michigan State Summer Games

The State Summer Games is the largest Special Olympics Michigan event with 2,600 SOMI athletes along with an additional 3,400 coaches, volunteers, chaperones, family members, volunteers and spectators attending each year. The State Summer Games is one of six annual statewide competitions for the athletes of Special Olympics Michigan. The Special Olympics Michigan programs are offered at no cost to the athletes or their families. The State Summer Games are proudly presented by SpartanNash, the only Statewide Premiere Gold Medal Sponsor of Special Olympics Michigan.
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Aaron Mills
Email:aaron.mills@somi.org
Phone:(989) 774-4393
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Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
UNITED STATES

June 12, 2015

Virgina State Summer Games

Summer Games, our largest State Games, is nothing short of legendary thanks to the overwhelming support of more than 3,000 local volunteers who brave the summer heat to assist more than 1,300 Special Olympics Virginia athletes each June. Athletes come from all corners of the state to compete in bocce, swimming, softball, track & field, bowling, powerlifting, and tennis at the University of Richmond and surrounding venues in Richmond. We are fortunate to have all of our Event Volunteer needs assigned for this year's Summer Games. We are currently recruiting Volunteer to Cheer fans and Medical Team members!
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University of Richmond and surrounding venues
Richmond , Virginia
UNITED STATES

Jul 17 - 18 2015

Central Michigan University Coaches Weekend

Join us on July 17-18 for our Caches Training and Conference in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. The conference will cover fall sports, poly hockey, and bowling. To register for this event please use the link below. If you have any further questions please contact Zach Warner at warne1zd@cmich.edu
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Zach Warner
Email:warne1zd@cmich.edu
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Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Jul 24 - Aug 2 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
Email:info@la2015.org
Phone:213-892-6018
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California
UNITED STATES

November 07, 2015

Coaches Training - Conference

Join us on November 7th at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. This coaches training will cover the following sports: poly hockey, bowling, basketball, and Winter Games sports. To register for this event please use the link below. If you have further question please contact Zach Warner at warne1zd@cmich.edu.
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Zach Warner
Email:warne1zd@cmich.edu
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Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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.


How to Get Involved in Special Olympics

Special Olympics sports training, coaching and competitions go on in more than 170 countries around the world. You can get involved by getting in touch with the closest Special Olympics office.

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