Dust off those bowling balls and lace up your shoes! Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) bowling season begins July 11. The season will run through August 21 and feature a new league play format.
This will be the first season since the pandemic started. SOSC’s President and CEO Calvin Lyons said he is thrilled “to provide an opportunity for athletes and coaches to get back to the comradery and competitions they love.”
The new format of the league will take into account skills, track scores, and standings to determine the team divisions. 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. This will allow for indoor gatherings to be limited while still creating a competitive atmosphere.
Plans could potentially change due to evolving COVID-19 health data, but the Team Wellness and the virtual Healthy Athletes 2.0 with Coach Max will continue to be offered.
An influx in interest from athletes means coaches are in high demand. To learn a little bit more about SOSC coaching or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer coach, click here. Volunteers are the backbone of the Special Olympics and no prior coaching experience is needed.
The SOSC aims to help the lives of athletes through sports, leadership programs, and athlete help. With their free, year-round programs, athletes can improve health, self-confidence, and independence. Special Olympics Southern California has earned a four-star ranking from Charity Navigator for exceeding industry standards and having a commitment to accountability and transparency.
To join a team, contact your bowling coach or local SOSC office. To learn more, visit www.sosc.org/rta.