Region D Bowling – Park and Agency Divisions

What Is Bowling?

Bowling is perhaps the most popular sport in Illinois. Bowling competition is conducted using a traditional format. However for those with various abilities, 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 advanced to the sectional qualifying competition. 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)

Competition Information

Tournament Play: Traditional Tournament Play athletes will play singles or doubles and they will consist of three games for competition at all levels of play. Ramp bowlers will play two games for competition.

  • Appropriate athletic attire is required.  Athletes wearing jeans will not be allowed to play.
  • Awards will be distributed as divisions finish on their lanes.
  • All spectators need to stay off the lanes.

Sectional Advancement:

  • Athletes who win first place in their division qualify for Sectional Bowling competition in fall. More details to follow!

Facility Information

Multiple lanes to be used for our competition. Bathrooms available. Parking lot available at all locations.

Waveland Bowl 3700 N. Western

Arena Lanes 4700 W. 103rd

Habetler Bowl 5250 N. Northwest Highway

Event Details

  • Volunteer check-in: 8:30 AM
  • Agency/Team check-in: 8:00 – 8:30 AM
  • Competition begins: 9:15 AM
  • Awards: immediately following competition
  • Competition ends: around 1:00 PM

Remember to get your bus driver’s phone number. There will be scratches so games could be done early.

Volunteer Information

Please check back closer to the event for more information.


Please check back closer to the event for more information.


Awards will be given out at the completion of the athletes division.


Lunch will be provided to athletes and coaches (on a 3:1) ratio. If you have an athlete with specific dietary restrictions, please plan accordingly.

Please plan to each lunch when bowlers are done bowling all of their games.

Coaches will be given tickets for lunch.

Supporting Documents

Waveland Bowl Coach Proof with Final Divisions

Arena Lanes Coach Proof with Final Divisions

Habetler Bowl Coach Proof with Final Divisions

To see a complete list of all State Championship Competitions, click here.

To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, who support Special Olympics Illinois throughout the year, click here.

Who We Are

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit sports organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports to a community of more than 55,000 traditional athletes, Young Athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, and more. It strives to be a global leader in shaping a culture where people with and without intellectual disabilities are fully integrated into the community by providing year-round opportunities in competitive sports, health education, leadership and personal development. 

If you are interested in being a part of Special Olympics Illinois and its vision, contact your local region, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website. Follow Special Olympics Illinois on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok and X.  


May 18 2024


8:00 am - 1:00 pm




Diversey Bowl 2211 W. Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60647

Location 2

Arena Lanes
4700 W. 103rd St. Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Location 3

Habetler Bowl
5250 N. Northwest Highway, Chicago, IL 60630

Location 4

Waveland Bowl
3700 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618


Caitlin Tipre

Other Organizers

Katie McFadden
Brenden Cannon
Brenden Cannon
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