Region A Bowling
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What is Bowling?
Bowling is perhaps the most popular sport in Illinois. Bowling competition is conducted using a traditional format. However for those of lower ability or with physical disabilities, bowling has been modified by utilizing a ramp on the approach.
As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.
Athletes in Illinois who participate in bowling compete locally at Region Qualifying events. Gold medal winners are then eligible to advance to the State Bowling Championships held in Peoria in December.
Bowling Events Offered in Illinois
- Singles competition
- Doubles Competition
- Team Competition
- Ramp singles (ramp bowlers may also enter doubles and team competition as part of a traditional team)
Singles Competition will be held at The Cherry Bowl, 7171 Cherryvale N Blvd on August 20 and 21.
Region A will use all lanes in the bowling center as well as the dining facility.
Saturday, August 20th:
- 8:30am – Registration
- 9:00am – Warm Up
- 9:15am – Opening Ceremony
- 9:30am – Competition Begins
- 12:30pm – Second Shift Bowling Begins
Sunday, August 21st:
- 9:15am – Warm Ups
- 9:30am – Competition Begins
Please check back closer to the event for more information.
Athletes will need to provide their own PPE and Water. Balls and Shoes available through Cherry Bowl.
This is a qualifying event and will be divisioned with awards given to athletes.
Concessions are available.
Lunch will be provided to Saturday bowlers. Lunch will not be provided on Sunday as the competition should be completed by 12:00 PM.
All bowlers who received a Gold Medal have qualified for the North Sectional Bowling Competition to be held at The Cherry Bowl on Saturday, October 15th.
Entries are due by September 15th. Entry scores should be the score that the bowler received at this recent competition.
As a reminder, all athletes will need to have a Medical on file that is valid through the date of competition or submit one with their entries.
Who We Are
Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 13,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.