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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


May 12, 2015 | North America: Michigan

Sam Wiley, Who Has Down Syndrome, Wins Gold in Special Olympic Bowling!

By Hannah Kim

Sam Wiley, who has Down syndrome, won gold in Special Olympic Bowling at Haslett High School. He is legally blind and has an intellectual disability.View Story Sam Wiley, who has Down syndrome, won gold in Special Olympic Bowling at Haslett High School. He is legally blind and has an intellectual disability. That doesn't hold him back from bowling. As a freshman, he was homecoming king. Now, he has 1 gold medal in Special Olympic Bowling with Mrs. Porritt.

About Hannah Kim:I have moderate autism and I have an IQ of 140, but I have a heart for Sam Wiley.
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April 21, 2015 | North America: Ohio

The Moment

By Ed Zirkle

Erin and friend

this was the last day of youth bowling and the little one, 5, with his trophy pin wanted to give Erin, 25, a hug and she returned a kiss.View Story This photo is from the last day of youth bowling and the little one, 5, with his trophy pin wanted to give Erin, 25, a hug and she returned a kiss. Erin was helping out with the youth bowling program. A decent bowler herself, she loved working with the children in the youth program. They both have Down syndrome and it's a bit of a mirrored image looking back on Erin 20 years ago.

About Ed Zirkle:Photojournalist and family friend working on a documentary about special needs families.
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January 08, 2015 | North America: Georgia

Georgia Athletes Get Ready For Upcoming State Indoor Winter Games And Southeast Powerlifting; Bowling with Special Olympics Comes Family Time

By Wendy Bigham

`(In the top picture above, Kimberly Ware (top, right) stands with her team and Debbie Parrish, therapeutic coordinator at Fayette County Parks and Recreation.

Last State Indoor Winter Games, Kimberly Ware's Uncle Tom Browning cheered from the stands at her bowling competition. Kimberly then asked if the avid bowler would give her and her Fayette County team, the King Pins, some bowling pointers before this year's state competition. He agreed.View Story Last State Indoor Winter Games, Kimberly Ware's Uncle Tom Browning cheered from the stands at her bowling competition. Kimberly then asked if the avid bowler would give her and her Fayette County team, the King Pins, some bowling pointers before this year's state competition. He agreed, and for the last four Saturday mornings, Tom has driven from his home in Marietta to Peachtree City to help coach Kimberly's team. His coaching has spurred on even more family involvement in Special Olympics. They'll bowl as a family after practices. "We don't get to see him much, so it's good family time," Kimberly said. The retired law enforcement officer will cheer on his neice again this year at the State Indoor Winter Games January 23rd-25th in Cobb County. She will join approximately 2,272 athletes and unified partners from across the state. Basketball, floor hockey, gymnastics, powerlifting, and roller skating competitions will also be held.

About Wendy Bigham:Wendy Bigham is the senior public relations manager at Special Olympics Georgia.
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Upcoming Bowling Events


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Event

Location

May 29 - 31 2015

Rhode Island State Summer Games

Join us May 29-31 at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island as over 1,500 athletes from across the state of Rhode Island compete in athletics, aquatics, cycling, bowling, motor activities training program, soccer, and powerlifting! For more details please use the contact information below.
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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

Jun 4 - 6 2015

Pennsylvania State Summer Games

The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games will be held at Penn State University in State College. The event will together over 2,000 athletes and 750 coaches from across the state. This is our largest event of the year. The Summer Games will feature three days of intense competition in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, softball and tennis. Every race, every game, every competition held at Summer Games represents many weeks of training, preparation and dedication on the part of our athletes, coaches and volunteers. Spectators are welcome to visit any of the competition venues and cheer on the athletes.
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Penn State University
State College, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

Jun 5 - 7 2015

Maine State Summer Games

Want to experience what Special Olympics Summer Games are all about? Come to the University of Maine in Orono, Maine on June 5-7 to cheer on our athletes as they leave it all out there on the playing field. Athletes will be competing in athletics, bocce, Unified bocce, bowling and Unified bowling. Be a fan of the Special Olympics and help us promote the joy of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Maine
Phone:207-879-0489
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University of Maine
Orono, Maine
UNITED STATES

Jun 12 - 13 2015

Virginia 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

October 17, 2015

Upper Peninsula Regional Bowling Tournament

Join us on Ocotber 17th at Recreation Lanes in Iron Mountain, Michigan as our athletes compete and show their skill in bowling competition. Their will be three rounds of bowling and the event is being sponsored by Boss. 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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Laura Doney
Email:Area38@somi.org
Phone:906-282-4787
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Recreation Lanes
1555 North Stephenson Avenue

Iron Mountain, Michigan
UNITED STATES

October 25, 2015

Southwest Region Bowling Tournament - Tacoma

Join us October 25th in Tacoma, Washington 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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Scott Friberg
Email:sfriberg@sowa.org
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Tacoma, Washington
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.


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