Bowling in the United States is a competitive sport in which a player rolls a bowling ball down a wooden or synthetic lane with the objective of scoring points by knocking down as many pins as possible. A perfect game in bowling is a score of 300. Bowling remains one of the most popular of the Special Olympic sports. It is a beneficial sport for our athletes irrespective of their age or sports abilities, since it ensures physical exercise and at the same time participation and social integration.
Allen County offers traditional singles bowling and ramp bowling. Ramp bowling allows for the use of bowling ramps by athletes who do not have the physical ability to roll a ball with their hands alone. We offer a county tournament as a qualifier for the area, and an area tournament as a qualifier for the state tournament. Our bowling season coincides with the state and runs September-November.
Athletes in every sport and event are grouped by age, gender, and ability. Divisioning allows all athletes an opportunity to win. In every division, all athletes receive an award from gold, silver, and bronze medals, to fourth to eight place ribbons. The idea of equal ability groupings is the foundation for the competition in Special Olympics. All athletes are given an equal chance to participate, perform, and be recognized for doing their best by their teammates, family, friends, and fans.