The largest individual sport event on the Special Olympics Kentucky calendar – the Special Olympics Kentucky State Bowling Tournament – will return to Louisville Dec. 2-3. Sessions will be held at Kingpin Lanes in Jeffersontown and at Ten Pin Strike & Spare in St. Matthews.
This is the second year that the eight Area Bowling Tournaments held in Kentucky in October will serve as a qualifying event to reach the State Tournament. Athletes and Unified partners who finished first, and in some cases second, in their divisions at their Area Tournament have advanced to Louisville. That means more than 600 athletes and Unified partners will be on hand to compete.
Athletes compete in the singles event on Saturday, Dec. 2 and then many will return for doubles on Sunday. Unified teams that qualified will also compete on Sunday.
Singles and doubles events are two-games per bowler with total pin fall determining positions. The Unified event will utilize the Baker’s format with bowlers alternating frames during their two games.
On Saturday night, athletes will also have the opportunity to take part in the Victory Dance.
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. To volunteer, visit our volunteer registration link. For information about group volunteer opportunities, contact Michaele Roy at 502-695-8222 or [email protected].
The State Bowling Tournament is sponsored by IBEW Local 369, the Kentucky Wireless Association, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Kentucky and year-round partners Jersey Mike’s, Texas Roadhouse and Toyota Motor Corporation.
For more information about the State Bowling Tournament or the Special Olympics bowling program, contact Kathy Marshall at 502-695-8222 or [email protected].