Region J Bowling
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 Illinois 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 a sectional qualifying competition. 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)
Singles ramp, singles, doubles and team competitions. Singles ramp bowl on one lane. Other events bowl across two lanes. Multiple divisions may be grouped on lanes.
St. Clair Bowl offers a short-order snack counter and arcade. Restrooms on site. Spectator seating is on the carpeted area or upstairs (no elevator). The building is accessible through the front door of the arcade on the northwest end of the facility. 50 lanes are available.
Please check back closer to the event for more information.
Please click here to register as a volunteer.
Teams are responsible for bringing their own ramps. Shoes and bowling balls are available, if needed.
Awards will be given based on place in each division.
Bottled water and Powerade will be available. Lunch is cooked by the snack counter staff and free to athletes and coaches.
Athlete Leaders from the region will be on-hand to help with key portions of the event.
To see a complete list of all state championship competitions, click here.
To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, which supports Special Olympics Illinois throughout the year, click here.
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 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 9,000 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.
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