Region I Bowling

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 the State Bowling Tournament 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

Saturday, August 26 – Single and ramp bowling. Athletes will bowl three games (ramps two)
Sunday, August 27 – Doubles and team bowling. Athletes will bowl three games

Facility Information

Region I Bowling is divided between two bowling alleys: Western Bowl and Arrowhead Lanes. These venues are within walking distance of each other. Concessions will be open for spectators.

Event Details

Saturday, August 26: Tentative Schedule, All Divisions

9:00-9:45 AM
Agency and volunteer* registration (first shift bowlers)
*First shift volunteers please arrive no later than 9:15 AM and remember ID

9:30 AM
Volunteer training for first shift volunteers

10:00 AM
Opening Ceremony (Saturday ONLY)

10:10 AM
Shadow bowl for first shift bowlers
Western: Female singles
Arrowhead: Ramps all divisions (females divisions bowl first)

10:15 AM
First shift begins (approximate start time)

11:00 AM
Second shift bowlers register (males)

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
LUNCH – Please not all at once!!

12:00 PM
Second shift of volunteers arrive and train

1:00 PM
Second shift bowlers report to assigned lane (males)
Shadow bowl (Approximate start time, have all your male single bowlers at their venue by 12:30 PM)

Sunday, August 27: Tentative Schedule, All Divisions

*No Lunch*

9:00-9:15 AM
Agency and volunteer* registration
*Volunteers please arrive no later than 9:15 AM and remember ID

9:15 AM
Volunteer training

9:30 AM
Shadow bowl for first shift bowlers
Arrowhead ONLY – All doubles and teams

9:45 AM
Bowling begins

1:00 PM
Approximate end time

Volunteer Information

Click the button below to register to volunteer.


Balls and shoes are provided. Limited availability for smaller ball sizes. Athletes are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.


Awards will be presented in the designated awards areas following the completion of the division.


Lunch will be provided to all registered athletes and coaches and all day volunteers. Concessions will be open for spectators.

Supporting Documents

To see a complete list of all state tournaments, 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

About Special Olympics Illinois   

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 at www.soill.org. Follow Special Olympics Illinois on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok and Twitter.  


COVID Procedures

Unless a venue has specific COVID protocols in place, Special Olympics Illinois is following Illinois Department of Public Health and CDC COVID protocols and guidelines.  Please refer to event specific information or website page (if applicable) to determine if the venue has any specific COVID protocols. 

Special Olympics Illinois is committed to providing the best athlete, volunteer, coach and supporter environment possible.  While we are excited to resume in-person events, the health and well-being of our constituents remains our top priority.  All of our in person events follow the COVID-19 recommended IDPH and CDC guidelines. 

Please review the COVID High-Risk fact sheet for more information:



Aug 26 - 27 2023


9:00 am - 2:00 pm




Western Bowl
917 Francis Dr. Champaign, IL 61821

Location 2

Arrowhead Lanes
1401 N McKinley Ave, Champaign, IL 61821
Jackie Mendoza


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