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.

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

Volunteer opportunities for the 2023 State Bowling Tournament can be found by clicking the button below!

Volunteer Opportunities


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 8:30am until 1:00pm.  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 9:00pm. 

Please go to https://orders.minervapromotions.com/soill_state_bowling/shop/home to view items and submit your order

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

State Bowling Lane Assignments

State Bowling Lane Grid

2023 State Bowling Delegation Report

2023 State Bowling Event Handbook

2023 State Bowling Handbook Memo

2023 State Bowling Coach Proof

2023 State Bowling Family Information

2023 State Bowling Souvenir Informational Flyer


2023 State Bowling Results

Who We Are

Special Olympics Illinois 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.

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.


Dec 02 2023


8:00 am - 4:00 pm




Landmark Lanes
3225 N. Dries Lane, Peoria, IL 61604
Nate Henry


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