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


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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July 21, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Israel

Unified Bowling League - Special Olympics Israel

By Reuven Astrachan

The three first positions of Unified doubles were awarded with medals as per their positions.

The final ( 8 th round) of the Unified 10 Pin Bowling League games were held on Friday 18 th July 2014, at the Gan Shmuel Bowling Center.View Story The final of the Unified 10 Pin Bowling League games were held on Friday 18 th July 2014, at the Gan Shmuel Bowling Center. The parents and friends of the bowlers were invited to the final round, as many other guests. After the competition, a ceremony was held, where participation medals were awarded to all the bowlers – Special Olympics athletes and Israel Bowling Federation players. The Special Olympics athletes were presented with Bowling Federation pins and the Bowling Federation players were presented with Special Olympics pins. The three first positions of Unified doubles were awarded also with medals as per their positions. Eyal Damari – the best Special Olympics athlete – was awarded with a trophy for the highest single game score (203) and for the best tree games (589). The Nofar Team – Guy Zigdon (Special Olympics athlete) and Ofer Baran (Bowling Federation player) were awarded a trophy for the highest scores in three team games. The ceremony was hosted by Shimon Yishay, vice president of the Israel Bowling Federation, who served as the volunteer manager of the Unified League throughout the season, tracking the computerized scores. Arie Fisher – the President of the Israel Bowling Federation, congratulated the participants, and thanked the owners of the bowling centers who donated the lanes in favor of the activities and each of them received a personal appreciation shield. Reuven Astrachan – The Acting National Director of Special Olympics Israel , congratulated the athletes and gratefully thanked the volunteer players who took part in the special project, stating that their volunteering is not taken for granted and, for this, they deserve our profound appreciation. Tal Raban – Deputy Chairman of Special Olympics Israel, honored the event by his presence, congratulated the athletes and awarded them medals. Rakefet Kalishov – The manager of the Rakefet Team from Herzliya and the mother of Gilad – a Special Olympics athlete.

About Reuven Astrachan:I am acting National Director of Special Olympics Israel
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July 14, 2014 | North America: Nebraska

Bowled a Great Game and Got to Meet Mrs. Shriver!

By Gail Tudor - Special Olympics Nebraska athlete

I got to meet Eunice Kennedy Shriver at International game in 1991 the day after I bowl 259 with 8 strikes.View Story I got to meet Eunice Kennedy Shriver at International game in 1991 the day after I bowl 259 with 8 strikes. When she heard that I bowl 259 & broke the record, she told peoples that she want to meet me & she did. My mom took pictures of both of us for us to remember it. She was real nice gal to talk to.

About Gail Tudor - Special Olympics Nebraska athlete:I am submitting on behalf of Special Olympics Nebraska athlete Gail Tudor.
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Upcoming Bowling Events


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Event

Location

Aug 22 - 24 2014

Masters Bowling Tournament

Join us on August 22-24 at the Masters Bowling Tournament being held at the Gold Cup Bowling Center in Warner Robins, Georgia. More than 800 athletes and 100 Unified Partners from around the state will participate in two days of competition in traditional and Unified bowling. For more details refer the contact information below.
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David Crawford
Email:david.crawford@specialolympicsga.org
Phone:229-292-5143
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Gold Cup Bowling Center
1041 Russell Pkwy

Warner Robins, Georgia
UNITED STATES

Oct 10 - 11 2014

South Carolina Fall Games

Join us from October 10-11 at Pavilion Recreation Complex in Taylors, South Carolina as athletes from all over the state will be competing in Under 21 bocce, masters bowling, disc golf, flag football, volleyball, tennis, golf and soccer. Hope to see you there.
For more information
Kelly Garrick
Email:kgarrick@so-sc.org
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Pavilion Recreation Complex
400 Scottswood Road

Taylors, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

October 19, 2014

Northwest Region Bowling Tournament

Join us on Sunday, October 19th in Lynwood, Washington as Special Olympics bowlers from the Northwest Region compete in a one-day Special Olympics Bowling Tournament. Cheer them on and experience the power of sports. For more details about the event, refer to the link and contact information below.
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Madison Goverde
Email:mgoverde@sowa.org
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Lynwood, Washington
UNITED STATES

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

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.
For more information
Schedule Details
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.
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

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

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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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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