State Bowling Tournament

SOKY’s Largest Single-Sport Event Returns to Louisville in December

State Bowling Tournament

Big crowds fill both Kingpin and
Fern Valley Strike and Spare for the
State Bowling Tournament.

The largest single-sport event on the Special Olympics Kentucky calendar, the Special Olympics Kentucky State Bowling Tournament will return to Louisville Dec. 2-4. Sessions will once again be held at King Pin Lanes in Jeffersontown and Strike and Spare in Fern Valley.

The State Bowling Tournament will bring more than 1,600 Special Olympics athlete and Unified bowlers, in addition to coaches and family members to Louisville for the weekend. The total makes the State Bowling Tournament the largest competitive event of the year for Special Olympics Kentucky, surpassing the annual State Summer Games.

Delegations can sign in at the Ramada Inn Hurstbourne on Friday, Dec. 2, before competition gets underway on Saturday.

Bowling will get underway with the Singles Competition on Saturday. Three sessions will be held at Kingpin Lanes and three more at Fern Valley. Kingpin sessions will begin at 8:30 am (Males and Females 22-29), 12:45 (Males 30-39) and 3:30 pm (Males and Females 8-15 and ALL ramp bowlers). Sessions at Fern Valley get underway at 9:30 am (Males and Females 16-21), 1:30 pm (Females 30 and over) and 4 pm (Males 40 and Over). This is the first time that a third Saturday session has been needed at Fern Valley to complete the singles competition.

Sunday bowling will include the Unified Team Competition (which pairs a Special Olympics athlete with a partner who does not have an intellectual disability) in the morning, followed by Doubles (two Special Olympics athletes) in the afternoon. Once again, both bowling houses will be in action. Unified bowling will begin at Kingpin at 9:30 am, while Fern Valley will start at 9:00. The Doubles Competition will start at 2:00 pm at Kingpin and 1:30 pm at Fern Valley.

All events are two-games per bowler with total pin fall determining positions.

On Saturday night, athletes will also have the opportunity to take part in the Victory Dance at Ramada Inn.

Hundreds of volunteers are needed to help ensure that the Tournament runs smoothly. Volunteers primarily serve as lane workers making sure bowling occurs in order and scores are reported accurately to the Tournament directors. Lane workers can work one session, one day or all weekend. For more information about individual and group volunteer opportunities, contact Justin Harville at 502-695-8222 or

Special Olympics Kentucky is thrilled to have the Kentucky Wireless Association back as a Tournament Gold Sponsor. For the second year, The KWA held a golf outing in September that raised money to benefit Special Olympics Kentucky. Other sponsors include year-round partners Texas Roadhouse and the Kentucky Law Enforcement Torch Run.

For more information about the State Bowling Tournament or the Special Olympics bowling program, contact Amanda Wade at 502-695-8222 or

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