Special Olympics Southern California will host a Bowling Season for the first time since the pandemic started

Not since the pandemic began have athletes from Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) participated in a bowling season and they are primed.

The bowling season returns on Monday, July 11.

The season will run through Aug. 21 and feature a new league play format. Division teams will be created based on skill and track scores and standings throughout the six weeks of the season. Participation may be limited in some areas due to a lack of bowling alleys. Leaders will do everything they can to accommodate those who would like to participate in the season.

“We are excited to host another bowling season for the first time since the pandemic started and to provide an opportunity for athletes and coaches to get back to the comradery and competitions they love,” Calvin Lyons, SOSC’s President and CEO, said. “We developed a brand new, league play format that will celebrate the transformative power of Special Olympics while keeping everyone’s health and safety as our highest priority.”

Because of the higher risk of a severe COVID case for people with intellectual disabilities and bowling being an indoor sport, SOSC will not host any local, county, or chapter competitions. The league play format will allow leaders to limit indoor gatherings while still creating a competitive experience.

The health and safety of athletes, volunteers, and employees continues to be the No. 1 priority. Please note that plans could change as leaders continually monitor COVID-19 health data. They will monitor information from trusted health authorities and will adjust plans as merited by that information. If new information emerges that would cause leaders to adjust the plan for the bowling season, they will do so and notify participants immediately.

SOSC will continue to offer Team Wellness and the virtual Healthy Athletes 2.0 with Coach Max as alternatives. If you are interested in participating in the Bowling Season with the new league play format this summer, please contact your bowling coach or local SOSC office.

Learn more by clicking here.

Become a Coach
Over the past month, SOSC leaders have seen an influx of athletes interested in getting back on the playing fields. To ensure they get back to training, they need more coaches. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the organization, and it would not exist without their expertise, time, and enthusiasm. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a coach, you can learn more by clicking here.

No prior experience needed.

Learn more about becoming a SOSC coach by clicking here.

About Special Olympics Southern California

Special Olympics Southern California enriches the lives of athletes and their communities through sports, leadership programs, and athlete health. SOSC’s free, year-round programs lead to improved health, self-confidence, and independence among athletes with intellectual disabilities and acceptance and inclusion in the community. Special Olympics Southern California has earned a four-star ranking from Charity Navigator for exceeding industry standards. This ranking is the highest Charity Navigator offers to an organization and is given because Special Olympics has demonstrated strong financial health and a commitment to accountability and transparency. Learn more at http://www.sosc.org.

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