Region I Bowling

Mask Requirement Statement:

Special Olympics Illinois will follow updated IDPH and CDC mask requirements in regards to counties with escalated COVID transmission rates.  The Region I Bowling venues are located in Champaign County that has a current transmission rate of “High”.  “Substantial” or “High” transmission ratings result in the requirement for everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, to wear a mask in public indoor settings.  This means that every individual entering Western Bowl or Arrowhead Lanes is required to wear a mask. 

Athletes and Unified Partners are allowed to remove their masks while they compete but are required to have their masks on at all other times while inside the bowling alleys.

Individuals are not required to wear masks for outside activities but are strongly encouraged for those who are not fully vaccinated.  The transmission rating for Champaign County will be reviewed on the morning prior to the tournament’s start and if it the rating does fall into the “Moderate” or “Low” categories then the mask requirement will be modified.  However, this change is unlikely so please come prepared to wear a mask while inside the bowling venues.

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 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

Region I Bowling: is a qualifier for the State Bowling competition. Player options consist of singles and ramp events with all athletes completing 3 games. Athletes who receive a gold medal will move on to the State competition December 4th and 5th. State Bowling entry paperwork is due November 1st 2021.

Facility Information

This competition is held at two separate bowling alleys within walking distance of one another. Western Bowl has 32 lanes and Arrowhead Lanes has 24 lanes. Restrooms will be open and there is plenty of parking at both venues.




Event Details

  • 9:00am-9:45am Agency and Volunteer Registration
  • 9:30am – Volunteer Training
  • 10:00am – Opening Ceremonies
  • 10:10am – Shadow bowl
    Western: All Male Singles Divisions M1-M18
    Arrowhead: Ramps All Divisions M1; F1-F4 and All Female Divisions F1-F18
  • 10:15am – Bowling Begins (Approximate Start Time)
  • 12:30pm – Approximate End Time

Volunteer Information

To register to as a Volunteer please click the button below.


Athletes/Coaches should bring their own ramps for their ramp athletes and bowling balls/shoes if they do not want to use the bowling alley balls/shoes.


Awards will be done after each division has completed all 3 of their games. Awards will be presented on the lanes.

Backdrops will be set up outside for individual and team photo opportunities.


Souvenirs will be available for purchase at Arrowhead Lanes.

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.

COVID Procedures

All athletes, coaches and spectators are required to wear a mask while inside the bowling facilities.

Special Olympics Illinois will not be providing masks.  Athletes and coaches must bring their own.

Please check with your Region staff on the status of parents and spectators attending competitions.  With a few exceptions, only registered athletes, coaches and partners are allowed at these events.  It is very important you relay to all parents and guardians the importance of only allowing registered persons into the event.

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 28 - 29 2021


8:00 am - 6:00 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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