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Special Olympics restarts bowling season in Long Beach, elsewhere in Southern California

There’s still time to sign up for the Special Olympics Southern California bowling league in Long Beach and elsewhere in Southern California.

This year’s season, which begins Monday, July 11, will introduce a new league play format. SOSC will seed teams based on skill and track scores and standings throughout the season, which ends Aug. 21.

“We are excited to host another bowling season for the first time since the pandemic started,” SOSC President and CEO Calvin Lyons said.

“We have developed a brand new league play format,” he added, “keeping everyone’s health and safety as our highest priority.”

SOSC, headquartered in Long Beach, offers bowling leagues in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, among other areas. For more information and to register, go to

The new league play format will allow SOSC to limit indoor gatherings while creating a competitive experience, according to a press release.

“(We want) to provide an opportunity,” Lyons said, “for athletes and coaches to get back to the comradery and competitions they love.”

More than 35,000 athletes participate in SOSC programs, according to the group’s website.

Special Olympics Southern California runs programs to improve health, self-confidence and independence among athletes with intellectual disabilities.

The Special Olympics was created in 1968. In 1995, the California branch was divided into two separate chapters — one in Southern California and the other in Northern California.

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Source: Orange County Register

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