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.


300x200-Bowling

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 22, 2014 | North America: New Jersey

Special Olympics Pioneers

By Mr. Stephen F. Coston and Linda Coston

Stephen's moment of truth came in 2009 when he shot his highest score with 11 strikes in a row for a 290 games. He shocked the whole entire amateur bowling program and showed what inclusion and unified sports is all about.View Story Two Special Olympics athletes from New Jersey went beyond the call of duty in making inclusion and Unified Sports become a reality. Stephen and Linda Coston were two Special Olympics athletes from Montvale, NJ who participated in the 2009 and 2011 state Games of America in a bowling competition against 200 amateur non-disabled bowlers. They achieved the vision of the speech in what Eunice Kennedy Shriver addressed in 1988. ("The right to play on any playing field, you have earned it.") Linda Coston won 2 silver medals and a bronze and her husband Stephen Coston won a gold medal, a silver and a bronze medal. Stephen's moment of truth came in 2009 when he shot his highest score with 11 strikes in a row for a 290 game. He shocked the whole entire amateur bowling program and showed what inclusion and unified sports is all about. He was awarded a trophy plague from the United States Bowling Congress. Linda and Stephen Coston fulfilled the destiny of Eunice Kennedy Shriver's vision.

About Mr. Stephen F. Coston and Linda Coston:I been a Special Olympics Athlete since 2006. I participated in Special Olympics before from 1973 to 1978. I left for other endeavors such as persevering on higher education after high school. Currently I am a Global Messenger and serve in the Special Olympics of New Jersey Athletes Congress. I came back in the Special Olympics in 2002 as a volunteer announcer. Then I got involved in the Unified bowling and bocce program of NJ. Then I was reinstated and return to the Special Olympics as an athlete. I am playing softball now with the Project Ask batters in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. I play first base and outfield. My highest bowling average is a 199. I hope and wish someday that I get selected to compete in the National games and the World games. I have a college degree in computers and I am working full time job as a Mailroom Supervisor for a Plastic Company called AEP. I am married and my wife is Linda. She also in the Special Olympics of NJ. She in bowling and bocce.
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April 18, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Croatia

Skating, Bowling and Athletics at Special Olympics Croatia

By Franjo Horvat

Special Olympics Croatia athletes, coaches and volunteers at the athletics competition in Daruvar.

Special Olympics Croatia had a busy competition schedule with events recently held in athletics, bowling and skating.View Story Special Olympics Croatia had a busy competition schedule, with events recently held in athletics, bowling and skating. In late March, an athletics competition was held for 30 athletes in Daruvar and organized in cooperation with the Center for Education Rudolf Steiner. Athletes came from Daruvar, Zagreb, Zajezda, Ozal and Velika Gorica. In early April, 26 teams from throughout Croatia participated in a championship bowling tournament. The tournament was held at the Green Gold Club in Zagreb and organized in cooperation with Special Club Luc. Also in April a championship was held for Special Olympics Croatian speed- and figure-skaters in Zagreb. Thirty-eight skaters from Zagreb, Zaprešić, Dugo Selo, Pula and Osijek participated. Special Olympics Croatia organized the skating competition in cooperation with the Center for Education Prekrižje and the Rehabilitation Center Zagreb. More than 50 volunteers helped with the three competitions.

About Franjo Horvat:Franjo Horvat is National Director of Special Olympics Croatia
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April 18, 2014 | North America: Virginia

Qubica AMF and 900 Global Outfit the Team Virginia Bowlers!

By David Pawlowski

Thanks to Qubica AMF and 900 Global the 8 Team Virginia Bowlers heading to the USA Games will have new bowling balls, shoes and bags to use at the competition.View Story Thanks to Qubica AMF and 900 Global, the 8 Team Virginia Bowlers heading to the USA Games will have new bowling balls, shoes and bags to use at the competition. Qubica AMF and 900 Global have supported Team Virginia athletes for the past several World and USA Games.

About David Pawlowski:David Pawlowski, Vice President of Program and HOD for the 2014 Team Virginia headed to the USA Games.
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Upcoming Bowling Events


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Location

May 9 - 10 2014

South Carolina State Summer Games

Join Special Olympics South Carolina on March 9th - 10th as over a 1,000 athletes, coaches and unified partners will come together for 2 days of competition in 6 sports in the city of Columbia. Athletes will compete in athletics, badminton, gymnastics, masters bocce, powerlifting, softball, swimming and under 21 bowling.
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Kelly Garrick
Email:kgarrick@so-sc.org
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Ft. Jackson
Columbia, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

May 13 - 16 2014

Montana State Summer Games

Centered at Rocky Mountain College, with special events at the Metra and competition across Billings and the surrounding area – including local bowling, aquatics, kayaking, cycling, track and field and golf venues. The competition unfolds in a swell of intensity and joy. Athletes work hard to get to the Games. Following eight weeks of rigorous training, they are ready to demonstrate their skill in intense competition. They will not disappoint!
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Donna Diaz
Email:ddiaz@somt.org
Phone: 406-315-4207
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Rocky Mountain College
1511 Poly Dr.

Billings, Montana
UNITED STATES

May 14 - 16 2014

45th Annual Summer Games - Oklahoma

Join Special Olympics Oklahoma on 14-16 May at Oklahoma State University (Gallagher Iba Area) in Stillwater, Arizona as athletes from around the state compete in 2 days of athletic competition. Athletes will compete in nine sports: Athletics (Track and Field), Bocce, Bowling, Golf, Horseshoes, Powerlifting, Unified 3-on-3 Basketball, and Unified Softball. Other events include Motor Activities and Stars of the Future. Hope to see you there!
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Teri Hockett
Phone:teri@sook.org
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Oklahoma State University
Gallagher Iba Arena

Stillwater, Oklahoma
UNITED STATES

May 29 - 31 2014

Michigan State Summer Games

Join more than 2,600 Special Olympics athletes and 3,400 coaches, volunteers, chaperons, family members, volunteers and spectators at the 2014 Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games. Opening Ceremonies are Thursday, May 29 with the Games running through Saturday, May 31. Ten types of competition are offered at the State Summer Games each year, including aquatics, athletics, bocce, bowling, gymnastics, horseshoes, powerlifting, weightlifting, volleyball, developmental athletics and motor activities training program. Athletes compete in State Summer Games after qualifying at local competitions throughout the year.
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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

May 30 - Jun 1 2014

Rhode Island State Summer Games

After weeks of training and competing at Area Games, athletes from all over Rhode Island will be compete against their peers in aquatics, athletics, bowling, cycling, motor activities training program, powerlifting and unified soccer. We invite you to join us on the University of Rhode Island campus and watch our athletes achieve their personal best! For more details click on the link below.
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University of Rhode Island
Kingston, Rhode Island
UNITED STATES

Jun 5 - 7 2014

Pennsylvania State Summer Games

Join us on June 5-7 at Penn State University in State College. This event will bring together over 2,000 athletes and 750 coaches from across the state. The Summer Games will feature three days of intense competition in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, softball and tennis. Spectators are welcome to visit any of the competition venues and cheer on the athletes. Hope to see you there!
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Penn State University
State College, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

Jun 6 - 7 2014

Virginia Summer Games

Summer Games, our largest competition, is nothing short of legendary thanks to overwhelming support from thousands of local volunteers who brave the summer heat to assist Special Olympics Virginia athletes each June. Athletes come from all corners of the state to compete in swimming, softball, track & field, bowling and tennis.This event also features our annual Healthy Athletes expo, as well as fan filled stands, thanks to our Volunteer to Cheer program! Stay tuned to www.volunteer2cheer.com for cheering opportunities closer to the event date.
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Gray Miller
Email:gmiller@specialolympicsva.org
Phone:804-612-1608
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University of Richmond and Surrounding venues
Richmond, Virginia
UNITED STATES

Jun 12 - 15 2014

2014 Special Olympics Ireland Games

1,500 Special Olympics athletes from the 4 corners of Ireland will paricipate in 14 sports competitions that will inlcude aquatics, athletics, basketball, kayaking, gymnastics, MATP, football, golf, bocce, ptich n putt, bowling, table tennis, badminton and equestrian. Competition will be held in various venues through Limerick and the surrounding areas.
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Various venues
Limerick, Munster
IRELAND

Jun 13 - 21 2014

2014 USA National Games

The USA National Games be centered in and around Princeton and the Greater Mercer County area. Venues will include Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey, and Mercer County Park. The New Jersey Devils have offered The Prudential Center as the venue for the Opening Ceremonies. The National Games will feature nearly 3,500 athletes competing in 14 Olympic-style sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 8,000 volunteers and an estimated 50,000 family, friends and spectators. Non-competitive special events will include the Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run™ that will symbolize the start of the competition and Healthy Athletes, a place where the athletes can get vital health screenings. Youth and education events will also be held in conjunction with the Games as young leaders rally around making change for the better of the Special Olympics movement and promoting acceptance of those with intellectual disabilities.
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Greg Epperson
Email:gepperson@specialolympics.org
Phone:919-785-0700
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Several Locations - New Jersey
Princeton, New Jersey
UNITED STATES

Jul 8 - 12 2014

2014 Canada National Summer Games

The Special Olympics Canada Summer Games will feature 11 sports, making the 2014 Games the largest Canadian Games ever. Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, football (Soccer), golf, gymnastics, powerlifting and softball. It is anticipated that over 2,000 athletes, coaches and officials will be part of the 2014 Games, in addition to over 1,000 Event volunteers, who will help to make this an outstanding and truly memorable experience for everyone involved.
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Email:info@vancouver2014.com
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University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
CANADA

October 20, 2014

Special Olympics National Games 2014 Melbourne

The 10th Special Olympics Australia National Games will involve more than 1,200 athletes of all levels competing in 16 Olympic and demonstration sports and events. These Games offer the opportunity for athletes to be selected to represent Australia at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles in 2015. For the majority of competitors, the National Games in Melbourne represents the culmination of four years of competing at local, regional and state level. Competing in the same world-class venues as their Olympic heroes, our Special Olympics athletes will perform in front of their proud parents, friends, supporters and the wider community. Athletes of all abilities will compete in 16 Olympic style sports including AFL and netball as demonstration sports across iconic sporting venues in Melbourne. Other special events include: Healthy Athletes Program, Young Athlete Program (2–7 year old), Athlete Leadership & Ambassador Program, Family Functions Social Outing, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Opening and Closing Ceremonies
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Robyn Cooper
Email:robync@specialolympics.com.au
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Lakeside Stadium & various venuesMelbourne
AUSTRALIA

Nov 1 - 3 2014

Special Olympics Nippon National Summer Games Fukuoka 2014

Athletes from all over Japan will come to the city of Fukuoka for the 2014 Special Olympics Fukuoka Games to participate in 3 days of competition in 12 sports. Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, bowling, football, golf, gymnastics, table tennis, volleyball and equestrian.
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Sayaka Sonobe
Email:tokyo_office@son.or.jp
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Multiple locations, Fukuoka
Fukuoka , Kyushu
JAPAN

Dec 14 - 15 2014

Southern California Fall Games

Be inspired by athletic determination and courage. Come cheer on more than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California as they compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons at Fall Games. The Games will feature our six fall/winter sports — bowling, floor hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Fall Games, one of our largest competitions, is the second of two Southern California competitions held every year.
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Fountain Valley and Irvine
Fountain Valley and Irvine, California
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

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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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