State Bowling Tournament

What is The State Bowling Tournament?

The State Bowling Tournament is one of 13 state sports competitions. It is the championship-level competition for those participating in bowling. The State Bowling Tournament is a one-day event usually held the first Saturday in December in Peoria. The event typically includes approximately 250 athletes, 130 coaches and 175 volunteers. Bowling became an official Special Olympics Illinois sport in 1975, and Landmark Lanes has hosted the tournament since 1989.

State Bowling hosted a Unified Exhibition in 2022 and is working toward this becoming an official sport in 2024.

The State Bowling Tournament is a stand alone competition and serves as a showcase for our bowling athletes to demonstrate the skills they have learned throughout the year. Additional activities include families registration and souvenir sales.

Spectators are encouraged to attend this premiere state tournament to cheer on these extraordinary athletes.

Competition Information

All times listed below are tentative and subject to change once event-specific schedules are determined.  For a final schedule, please check the supporting documents section below.

  • Saturday: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

Facility Information

We have access to the entire Landmark Lanes facility. Landmark Lanes has 50 lanes.

Event Details

All times listed below are tentative and subject to change once event specific schedules are determined. For a final schedule please check the Supporting Documents section close to competition day.

Registration: 8:00 AM

Opening Ceremony: 9:00 AM

First shift bowling: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Second shift bowling: 12:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Additional activities include families registration and souvenir sales.

Volunteer Information

Please check back closer to the event for more information.


Athletes and coaches are responsible for bringing their own PPE and ramps. You may bring your own shoes or specialize ball, but Landmark Lanes will provide shoes and bowling balls to any athletes who need them.

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony will take place on the lanes at 9:00 AM. We ask that all first shift bowlers be on the lanes before the ceremony begins. All other athletes and coaches should be seated in the chairs or bleachers behind the lanes.


The souvenir area is open from 8:30 AM until 1:00 PM. Customized items are only available via pre-orders. You can also avoid the lines and pre-order general items for pick-up at the event. Cash and most major credit cards are accepted. CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED. The cut-off for pre-orders is Monday, November 27th at 9:00 PM. 

Souvenir items are offered by Minerva Promotions and a percentage of sales are given to Special Olympics Illinois.


All parents and family members attending the Special Olympics Illinois State Bowling Tournament are encouraged to stop by to register at the families information and hospitality area.  Family members can take part in the free raffle and pick up information on upcoming events and next year’s tournament dates.  The family area will be open from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM Coffee and donuts will be served.

Text Alerts and Event status Updates

Please check back closer to the event for more information.


Awards will be given on the lanes when each division is complete.


Lunch, water and concessions will be provided.

Supporting Documents

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

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. Follow Special Olympics Illinois on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok and X.  


Dec 07 2024


8:00 am - 4:00 pm




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3225 N. Dries Lane, Peoria, IL 61604
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