Bowling is one of the most popular Special Olympics North Carolina sports. In 1984, bowling premiered at state-level competition in Sanford and has grown rapidly since then. Bowling joined the SONC Summer Games in 2016.

SONC offers the traditional format of league-style bowling for singles competition and singles ramp (assisted & unassisted).

In doubles and five-person team competition (traditional and Unified Sports), SONC uses the Baker System format, which places emphasis on the team effort rather than individual accomplishments of team members. Doubles or team members take turns bowling frames within one game, as opposed to team members bowling individual games and combining the scores for one team score.

State level bowling competition is offered at the SONC Summer Games which take place in Raleigh typically the first weekend in June.  Local programs are encouraged to host and attend local bowling events. Please check out the bowling sport calendar for available invitationals.

The 28th Annual Special Olympics Unified Sports Bowling Tournament will be held March 13-15, 2018 in Syracuse, NY!  Quota for any local programs that wish to attend will be due on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.  Click here for more information and to submit your quota!


Sport Development Team

These volunteers advise SONC staff regarding sport rule modifications, competition and also train coaches in their sport! For more information on the bowling sport development team, contact one of the members below or Lauren Saulter, SONC staff liaison.

Pat Chinn, SDT Director
Greensboro, NC

Chuck Dellinger
Indian Trail, NC

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Bowling Invitationals

Mecklenburg County Unified Bowling Invitational – February 26

Mecklenburg County will be hosting a Unified bowling invitational on February 26,2017. Unified Doubles and Unified four person teams will compete at Carolina Lanes in Matthews, NC using a traditional format and not baker style. As a result each person competing will bowl two games. Check-in will be at 9:30am, and bowling begins at 10am. Lunch will not be provided, however the snack bar will be open for anyone interested. There is a $5 fee per bowler for this competition. To register, please complete the appropriate form below and submit to Greg Morrill .

Unified Doubles Registration
Unified Team Registration


All forms must be submitted by the local program coordinator.

Summer Games Sport Registration Forms

Local program coordinators should submit entries along with the remainder of the Summer Games registration.  Click here for a full list of Summer Games registration forms. These forms will be available closer to the event date.

  • Bowling Singles Registration Form
  • Bowling Doubles Registration Form
  • Bowling Team Registration Form

Certified Clinicians

In addition to the sport development team, these volunteers are able to conduct local sport specific training schools on behalf of SONC. Contact the clinician in your area if you would like to schedule a training (their county of residence is located under their name). For more information on becoming a certified clinician, contact Andrea Stamm.

Richard and Karen Fiumara