Special Olympics Bowling

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LawrenceLightening - Special Olympics Bowling
hosted by Curtis Lanes in Ewing, NJ

What you can find in this section:

Unified Sports
Special Olympics Unified Sports® is an initiative that combines approximately equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (called Partners) on sports teams for training and competition.

In Unified Sports bowling competition, a doubles team would consist of one Special Olympics athlete and one partner; a team would consist of two Special Olympics athletes and two partners.

The concept of combining athletes with intellectual disabilities and those without was first introduced in the mid-1980s to provide another level of challenge for higher ability athletes and to promote equality and inclusion. Today, the initiative includes virtually all Special Olympics sports, and Unified Sports competitions are an important part of Special Olympics World Games, as well as local, state/provincial and National Games. 



How do I become a partner?
Bowling is of no cost to Rider students.  If you are interested in becoming a partner, you can obtain the forms from this site, fill them out, and return them to Dr. Corman, coach of Lawrence Lightning. It is important however, that once you make the commitment to bowl, you stick with it. The Athletes look forward to bowling with Rider students, so it is important that you be consistent.

When do we meet?
Bowling begins at 5:15pm every Monday and will run no later than 7:45pm. You will need to provide your own transportation to and from Curtis Lanes, and carpooling is encouraged.

You need no prior experience, just a good attitude and a willingness to make new friends. Coach Corman will do her best to place friends on the same lane but it is not promised. Remember partners are there for the athletes, so you should make an effort to get to know them.

Image of Hope CormanQuestions?

Coach Hope Corman 
Faculty Profile
Rider University 
Sweigart 372 
2083 Lawrenceville Rd 
Lawrenceville, NJ 08638

Phone: 609-895-5559
Fax: 609-896-5387
E-mail: [email protected]

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Lawrence Lightning has two seasons; one in the fall and one in the spring.

The fall season generally runs from the end of September to the beginning of December. 

The spring season usually starts in the middle of January and continues through the middle of March.


There are two competitions, both of which take place during the spring season. The first competition is held in the middle of the season and is known as the qualifying round. The second competition is held the last week of bowling.   

The events, although a lot of fun, are held on weekends. For some, this means that they will not be able to attend. This is understood, but it is asked that if this is the case, please notify Coach Corman ahead of time.

Individual Competition – February 12, 2012
Team Competition – March 31, 2012

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Frequently Asked Questions  

Do I need to be good at bowling?
Nope, it’s only for fun!

Do you need experience with special needs?
No you, do not need any experience with special needs.  All you need is a positive attitude and a willingness to meet new people.

Do I need to come every week?
It would be best if you attended every week. The season is short and the athletes look forward to seeing you.

What are my responsibilities?
Your main responsibilities are to encourage you teammates and cheer each other on!

Are there costs involved?
No. Bowling is free to students. Games and shoe rentals are included.

How many spots are available?
There tend to be about 4 people per lane. We could add more, but then bowling takes longer then the allotted time. 25-30 Rider students would be best.

Do I need to be a Rider student?
Not necessarily, but Rider students are given priority to participate.

What time does it start?
It starts every Monday at 5:15pm and runs until about 7:30pm.

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Curtis Lanes
45 Scotch Road, Ewing, NJ 08628
(609) 882-0221 

Via I-295, from the South
Take I-295 North. Pass the US 1 interchange until the freeway turns into I-95 South toward Pennsylvania. Get off at Exit 3A, Scotch Road/ Route 611 South 9 (**) Continue on Scotch Road, going past the Mercer County Airport, until you pass the Ewing Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Curtis Bowling Lanes will be on the right just past the cemetery.  

Via the NJ Turnpike, North or South
Get off at Exit 7A and take I-195 West toward Trenton. At the 129/I-295 interchange, exit the freeway onto I-295 North and follow direction “Via I-295, from the South”  

From the East Via I-195
Go west on I-195 towards Trenton/Pennsylvania. At the 129/I-295 interchange, exit the freeway onto I-295 North and follow directions “Via I-295, from the South”.  

From the North Via US 206 
Take US 206 South, through Princeton and Lawrenceville. Get on I-95 South towards Pennsylvania. Get off at Exit 3A, Scotch Road/ Route 611 South and follow (**) above.  

Via Route 31, from the North
Travel South on Route 31 towards Trenton/ Pennington. About 1 mile past the Pennington Market, you will enter the Pennington Circle. Exit at the first traffic light (approximately 1 mile) make a left onto Scotch Road. Go past the Merrill Lynch complex, over I-95, then follow (**)


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Volunteer Registration Form (.pdf)
The Volunteer Registration Form - Class A, must be completed. This form is used by the Special Olympics organization to certify you as a Unified Partner and clear you for participation.

On page 1 of the Volunteer Form A, for the “Local Training Program” and “Area” please put Lawrence Lightning, Area 11. Please do not fill out the bottom section where it begins, “Position Approval from SONJ…” We ask that you complete the page through “Part III: Background Information,” and move to the next page.

Unified Partner Form (.pdf)
The Unified Partner Form allows you to participate in bowling competitions. Even if you do not plan on competing, please fill this form out so that we may keep it on record, just in case you change your mind.

Video Release Form (.pdf)
The Video Release Form allows you to grant or deny the Lawrence Lightning team permission to use photographs or videos of you.

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