Ten-pin Bowling commonly called “Bowling” in the US, is a competitive sport in which a player (the “bowler”) rolls a bowling ball down a wooden or synthetic lane with the objective of scoring points by knocking down as many pins as possible. Although Bowling does not belong to the Olympic sports, it is among the most popular sports in Special Olympics. It is a particularly beneficial sport to people with intellectual disabilities, irrespective of their age or sports abilities, since it ensures physical exercise and at the same time participation and social integration. Plus, it’s great fun!
Did you know?
- Bowling made its first appearance in the 1985 state-level competition in Wilmington.
- Bowling later joined the SONC Summer Games in 2016.
- In 1991, SONC sent 8 athletes and 2 coaches to the International Special Olympics Summer Games in Minneapolis, MN.
- In 1992, SONC and and a few local programs hosted several competitions which really was the kick start for bowling.
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