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


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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September 24, 2014 | North America: Iowa

How I got involved with Special Olympics

By Shannon Billick

I got involved with Special Olympics through Prairie Schools. I love it and it is a fun way to meet new people and a good way to also be able to enjoy what you like to do best.View Story I got involved with Special Olympics through Prairie Schools. I love it and it is a fun way to meet new people and a good way to also be able to enjoy what you like to do best. I like bowling best because I get to roll the ball down a lane and score some points. I like doing the spring track and field because my friends and teachers want me to get involved. I love it.

About Shannon Billick:I am in love with running and Special Olympics
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August 08, 2014 | North America: North Carolina

Andrew Fiumara of Greensboro is the August Athlete of the Month

By Madeline Weathers

Spreading love for the game of bowling to other athletes is keeping Special Olympics Guilford/Greensboro athlete Andrew Fiumara very busy! The 33 year-old has been involved with Special Olympics for over 25 years as both an athlete and a volunteer! Andrew currently competes in bowling, and is a SpecView Story Spreading love for the game of bowling to other athletes is keeping Special Olympics Guilford/Greensboro athlete Andrew Fiumara very busy! The 33 year-old has been involved with Special Olympics for over 25 years as both an athlete and a volunteer! Andrew currently competes in bowling, and is a Special Olympics aquatics coach. This is one athlete who has turned his attention to helping others who share the same passion for bowling. Andrew volunteers his time with the Masters Bowling Program, where he assists wheel chair bowlers who use a ramp to play. Andrew can be found alongside his parents on Wednesday evenings volunteering with the program. “I work with the ramps, make sure they’re in place. I've been volunteering for five years and really enjoy it,” said Fiumara.

About Madeline Weathers:I am the Special Olympics North Carolina communications intern.
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Upcoming Bowling Events


Date

Event

Location

October 24, 2014

Unified Bowling

Join us on October 24th at Bemidji Bowl in Bemidji, Minnesota for a amazing day of Unified bowling. Athlete and Unified partners from Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard & Lake of the Woods counties will play unified to support acceptance and inclusion. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
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Mark Anderson
Email:mark.anderson@somn.org
Phone:612-604-1266
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Bemidji Bowl
3455 Laurel Dr NW

Bemidji, Minnesota
UNITED STATES

November 01, 2014

Nebraska Unifed Bowling

Join us on November 1st at either Lepoard Lanes in Bellevue or Cedar Lanes in North Platte to witness an exciting match of Unified bowling. Athletes and Unified partners from around the area will compete to promote acceptance and inclusion through sport. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
For more information
Rick Childree
Email:rchildree@sone.org
Phone:402-331-5545 Ext. 12
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Leopard Lanes & Cedar Lanes
Bellevue and North Platte, Nebraska
UNITED STATES

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

Nov 8 - 9 2014

Virginia State Fall Championships

Fall Championships is one of Special Olympics Virginia's state level competitions, held at the end of the fall season in Virginia Beach. Approximately 1,000 Special Olympics athletes from across Virginia are selected to go for the gold in bowling, bocce, golf, volleyball, roller skating, and soccer competitions. Fall Championships also features a Saturday evening Opening Ceremony, where we light the Flame of Hope to "open" the Championships, followed by a Victory Dance - a favorite of both our athletes and volunteers!
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Gray Miller
Email:gmiller@specialolympicsva.org
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Various Virginia Beach Venues
Virginia Beach, Virginia
UNITED STATES

November 12, 2014

Area Bowling Competition for High School Age & Unified

The Laredo area will host a Bowling Competition for all High School age and Unified athletes on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at Jett Bowl North. The competition is for athletes participating in all assisted, unasssited, bowling and unified events. The competition will start with Opening Ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. and competition starting at 10:00 a.m. Bowling entries are due to the area office by Wednesday, October 1, 2014, no later than 5:00 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering for this competition or any other event please refer to the contact information below.
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Maribel Santoya-Maciel
Email:msantoya-maciel@sotx.org
Phone:(956) 712-2144
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Jett Bowl North
701 Gale Street

Laredo, Texas
UNITED STATES

December 06, 2014

Capital Area Independent Bowling Tournament

Join us on December 6th at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a day of Unified bowling competition. Male and female athletes and Unified partners from Capital/Florida Parishes area will compete in this event. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
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Charles Guillory
Email:chzgil@gmail.com
Phone:225-963-9028
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All-Star Lanes
9829 Airline Hwy

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

December 07, 2014

10 Pin Bowling Championships

Join us on 7 December 2014 at Bowl America in Gaithersburg, Maryland as athletes and Unified partners from around the state compete in day of bowling competition. Events will include: Traditional singles; Ramp assisted singles; Traditional Doubles; Unified Doubles. For schedule details, please refer to the link below.
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Mike Czarnowsky
Email:mczarnowsky@somd.org
Phone:410-242-1515
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Bowl America
1101 Clopper Road

Gaithersburg, Maryland
UNITED STATES

December 08, 2014

Capital Area EBR Schools Bowling Tournament

Join us on December 8th at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a day of Unified bowling competition. Male and female athletes and unified partners from the Capital area will compete in this event. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
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Charles Guillory
Email:chzgil@gmail.com
Phone:225-963-9028
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All-Star Lanes
9829 Airline Hwy

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

December 12, 2014

Capital Area EBR Schools Bowling Tournament

Join us on December 12th at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a day of Unified bowling competition. Male and female athletes and unified partners from the Capital area will compete in this event. To play, coach or volunteer for this event, please refer to the contact information below.
For more information
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Charles Guillory
Email:chzgil@gmail.com
Phone: 225-963-9028
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All-Star Lanes
9829 Airline Hwy

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
UNITED STATES

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

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

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.
For more information
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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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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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