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


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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November 18, 2015 | North America: New York

The Bowling Tournament

By Geri Rice

I got a second place here in Rochester, NY at the bowling tournament and I thought that was great.View Story I got a second place here in Rochester, NY at the bowling tournament and I thought that was great. I had my coaches working with me by the way and so that is why I did OK here in Rochester.

About Geri Rice:i am Geri and I am a Special Olympics athlete here in Rochester and I am a tough athlete. I also do swimming, bocce and bowling. Now also I work out all the time here by the way.
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Upcoming Bowling Events


Date

Event

Location

Jun 2 - 4 2016

Michigan State Summer Games

The State Summer Games presented by SpartanNash take place June 2-4, 2016 on the campus of Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. 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 and spectators attending each year. Ten types of competition are offered at the State Summer Games each year, including aquatics, athletics, bocce, bowling, gymnastics, horseshoes, power lifting, weightlifting, volleyball, developmental athletics and motor activities training program. Athletes compete in State Summer Games after qualifying at local competitions throughout the 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 Premier 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
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Jun 3 - 5 2016

State Summer Games

Join us as 1,500 athletes from 60 teams participate in a weekend-long event at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island. Sports offered include: Aquatics, Athletics, Bowling, Cycling, Motor Activities Training Program, Powerlifting and Soccer. Even though some competitions begin Friday, June 3rd during the day, Opening Ceremonies will be held that evening at 7:30pm.
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Chris Hopkins
Email:chris@specialolympicsri.org
Phone:401-349-4900
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University of Rhode Island
45 Upper College Road

Kingston, Rhode Island
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 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

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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.



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