Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia held their 29th Annual Bowling Tournament on Sunday, February 25th at Erie Lanes in Philadelphia. Over 125 athletes brought their A-Game to Erie Lanes with hopes to advance to the 2018 Eastern Bowling Sectional on Sunday, March 25th in Allentown, PA. Opening Ceremonies kicked off the event with athlete, Lisa Barbour acting as the day’s emcee. Angie Smith joined Barbour during Opening Ceremonies to lead her fellow athletes in the athlete oath of “Let me win. If I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” Special guest, Joe Conklin, entertained athletes, volunteers, families, and friends with his many voice impersonations. If you closed your eyes during his segment, you would believe the individuals he was impersonating were really there. Before Barbour officially kicked off the event, the torch, representing the Flame of Hope was brought in by South Philadelphia athletes, Bianca Pedulla and June Ruffenach

After Opening Ceremonies, athletes split from their teams and went to the lane they would be competing in. Throughout the morning, there were many strikes and spares. The athletes showed really showed their skills when their first ball left them with a split. Each athlete played three games to make up their final score. 

Thank you to our volunteers who made this event run smoothly! Erie Bowling Lanes, Frankford JROTC, Buholme Ambulance, National Health Corps Philadelphia, Drexel University’s Alpha Sigma Alpha, Andersen Tax, Temple University students. An additional thank you to our amazing coaches who help our athletes prepare for competition week after week and for the family and friends who joined us who give our athletes all the support. 

Bowling Lane
Athletes Representing

V&S Lanes

Barbara Guyton

Kendall Battles, Ruth El, Armand Garcia, Christine Guyton, Wesley Hicks, Thomas Miller, Shawn Moton, Kyle Kyle McCutcheon, Kory McCutcheon, Kyle Sheaff, Stephon Price-Wright

Erie Lanes

HC: Miguel Diaz, AC: Marian Zakrocki

Ray Anderson, Gina Anderson, Porsha Blake, Keith Collins, Manny Cook, Maria Coyle, Michael Czekaj, Nicholas Fontanez, Marlene Johnson, John Kulpa, Sara Lyons, Sharon Quarles, Dennis Ramos, Eugene Riley, Jeremiah Spruilli, Sheila Stephens, Joan Vargas-Rosado, Edmund Zkrocki

PEP Bowl

HC: Kevin McGlinchey, Sal Fellicetti, Alfonso Pedulla, Mark Moss

Victoria Amaradio, Brianna Cimini, Michael DiAntonio, Kevin Domard, Christian Fantazzi, Matthew Flood, Matthew Francis, James Fratantoni, Shawn Gallo, Maria Guarino, Nicco Guarino, Nasheem Kennedy, Joseph Keyser, Izzy Kurtz, Jasmin Marin, Bianca Pedulla, Joseph Polizzi, Luciano Procopio, Trisitan Richetti, Dante Rodgers, June Ruffenach, Briana Saunders, Christopher Sferra, CJ Voegtle, Michael Voegtle, Michael Younkers

Thunderbird Lanes I

HC: Mary Ellen Zisette

John Abbott, Teddy Angerman, James Barbour, Lisa Barbour, Ryan Bogan, Kristyn Cantres, Danny Charlton, JJ Costello, Jamie Curry, Stephan Dacyna, Allee Davidson, Genine DeNofa, Christina DiVergilis, Stanley Dluzniewski, Michael Esposito, Chris Feltwell, Vincent Filograna, Paul Fischer, Irwin Fox, Pam Galone, Meghan Garlick, Mitchell Gaskins, Eddie Glover, Matt Grabowski, Jason Green, Kevin Karcher, Brenndin Lagomarsino, Robert Lehr, Michael Marshall, Tracey McGarvey, John Mitchell, Katie Moore, Michael Mullin, Miachel O’Donnell, Jessie Rose, Charles Rueter, Allison Rutizer, Ailvia Sciarra, Brian Stulz, Kristie Walls, Jennifer Wetzel, Joseph Yerkes, Brian Ziegler, Charles Ziesette Jr

Thunderbird Lanes II

HC: Gennie Devlin, AC: Stan Barndt

Russell Barndt, Christine Benoit, Kaitlin Berkauzer, Michael Castillo, Christina Comerford, Darius Daniels, William Devlin Jr, Jeffrey Dornblaser, Robert Duffy, Joshua Gaskins, Kelsey Grindrod, Matthew Kosman, Jaryd Lee, Joseph Lestochi, Jenna Morse, Erin Murphy, Margie Ramos, Lamont Royals, Angie Smith, William Strauser, Kevin Turowski, Kayla Walter, Rachel Watson



1st Place

Vincent Filograna, Jaryd Lee, Kevin Domard, Angela Smith, Jason Green, Kyle Sheaf, Christian Fantazzi, Matthew Flood, Shawn Moton, Shawn Gallo, Jenna Morse, Kelsey Grindrod, Kayla Walter, John Vargas Rosado, Marie Coyle, Porsha Blake, Gennie De Nofa, June Ruffenach, Bianca Pedulla, Kristie Walls, Edmund Zakrocki, Robert Duffy, Russell Brandt, Ryan Bogan, Christopher Fenwell, Robert Lehr, Dan Charlton, Manny Cook, Eddie Glover, Eugene Riley, Wesley Hicks, James Fratazzi, Kaitlin Berkayzer, Katie Moore, Shelia Stevens, Sara Lyons

2nd Place

Michael Mullin, Michael Marshall, Stanley Dluzniewski, Bryan Ziegler, Michael Castillo, Stephan Price-Wright, C.J. Voegtle, Michael Voegtle, Matthew Francis, Kyle McCutchen, Christina Comerford, Pamela Galone, Jennifer Wetzel, Lisa Barbour, Tori Amaradio, Alivia Sciarra, Brianna Cimini, Kirstyn Cantres, Erin Murphy, Kendal Battles, William Devlin, Matthew Kosman, John Kulpa, Brenndin Lagomarsino, Michael Esposito, Raymond Anderson, Charles Zisette, Paul Fischer, Kevin Karciter, Jesse Rose, Joseph Lestochi, Joshua Gaskin, Sharon Quarles, Allison Rutizer, Kory McCutchen

3rd Place

Michael Younkers, John Mitchell, Keith Collins, Irwin Fox, James Barbour, Nicholas Fontanez, Christopher Sferrav, Michael Czerkaj, Mitchell Gaskins, Armand Garcia, Luciano Procopio, Joseph Polizzi, Lamont Royals, Dante Rodgers, Briana Saunders, Tristan Richetti, Meghan Garlick, Christina DiVergiles, Tracey McGarvey, Christine Benoit, Rachel Watson, Marlene Johnson, Ruth El, Jasmin Marin, Jeffery Dornblaser, Brian Stulz, Michael O’Donnell, William Strauser, Jay Costello, Charles Ruetter, Stephan Dacyna, Joey Keyser, Matthew Grabowski, Darius Daniels, Ted Angerman, Joseph Yerkes, James Curry, Christine Guyton





The 2016 Eastern Bowling Sectional was held on Sunday, April 3, 2016 in Allentown, PA. 22 of our Philadelphia athletes competed at the sectional. Our athletes joined a little over 300 other athletes from 18 counties on the eastern side of Pennsylvania for the Bowling Sectional. During Opening Ceremonies, athletes, familes and fans were entertained with the Kutz Jumping Beans from Paul W Kutz Elementary School as they showcased their jump rope abilities. 

2016 Eastern Bowling Sectional results:
 William Devlin, Marlene Johnson
 Michael O’Donnell, Russell Barndt
Jennifer Wetzel, Robert Duffy, Kayla Walter, Christina Divergilis, Jeremiah Spruill
Keith Collins, Edmund Zakrocki, Sheila Stevens
Ian Capacio,  Matthew Kosman
Sharon Quarles, Kelsey Grindrod, Emmanuel Cook, John Kulpa


Lauren Trumbull for DeSales to Host Special Olympics Bowling Event

DSC05127On February 28th, 100 Special Olympics Philadelphia athletes came to Erie Lanes for the 27th Annual Bowling Tournament. The tournament started with the parade of athletes followed by the Frankford JROTC presenting the colors. Athletes Kirstyn Cantres and Teddy Angerman emceed Opening Ceremonies which included Director of Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia Britt Kleine saying a few words and “the man of a thousand voices”, Joe Conklin. During Opening Ceremonies,  Fran Moore was recognized as she just became part of the newest class to the Special Olympics North America Coach of the Year. This award is given annually to a Special Olympics coach who has made a significant and demonstrable impact on local Special Olympics Programs and their communities. After a few more words, Kirstyn Cantres officially opened the games. Athletes bowled their way through three rounds as family and fans clapped and cheered. There were many spares and strikes and even some hard splits. 


The following athletes received a gold medal:

John Abbot      Kayla Atkins      Christine Benoit      Kaitlin Berkavzer
Jose Borrero Barbara Borrero Ian Capacio Lafayette Charleston
Vincent Filograna Meghan Garlick Mitchell Gaskin Matthew Grabowski
Kelsey Grinrod Christina Guyton Wesley Hicks Marlen Johnson
Kevin Karcher John Kulpa Kevin Marshall John Mitchell
Shawn Moton Michael O’Donnell      Charles Rueter Kyle Sheaff
Jeremiah Spruill William Strausser Richard Walston Kayla Walter
Miachel Weinberg      Jennifer Wetzel Elijah Williams Joseph Yerkes
Edmund Zakrocki Charles Zisette    


The following athletes received a silver medal:

Raymond Anderson Teddy Angerman Ronald Atkins Lisa Barbour
Ryan Bogan Michael Castillo Keith Collins Christina Comerford
Stephen Dacyna Genine DeNofa William Devlin Christina DiVergilis
Stanley Dluzniewski      Kelly Dluzniewski Robert Duffy Michael Esposito
Kim Ewing Paul Fischer Armand Garcia Jason Green
Matthew Kossman Demetrius LeFlore      Robert Lehr Joseph Lestochi
Thomas Miller Jenna Morse Michael Mullen      Lamont Royals
Allison Ruitizer James Shelton Angie Smith James Trotman
Bryan Zieglar      


The following athletes received a bronze medal:

James Barbour Russell Barndt Kirstyn Cantres Manny Cook
James Costello James Curry Jeffrey Dornblaster      Irwin Fox
Pam Galone Lavar Gladden Bob Kane Brenndin LaGomarsino
Michael Marshall      Marcus Montgomery      Katie Moore Stephen Price-Wright
Sharon Quarles Sheila Stevens Brian Stulz David Brent Williams


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Philly athletes who will head to Summer Games

Our athletes have been training hard and now is their time to shine at the annual Summer Games! This Thursday, 55 Special Olympics Philly athletes head to Summer Games in State College. Summer Games will take place between Thursday, June 6th and Saturday, June 8th. The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games are held each year at Penn State University in State College.  The event brings together over 2,000 athletes and 750 coaches from across the state.  Our largest event of the year, Summer Games features three days of intense competition in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, softball and tennis.  Every race, every game, every competition held at Summer Games represents many weeks of training, preparation and dedication on the part of our athletes, coaches and volunteers. Our Philadelphia athletes will compete for the gold in bowling, track & field, basketball and aquatics.

The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games features more than two thousand athletes and seven hundred and fifty coaches from across the Commonwealth competing in three days of intense competition. This year’s Summer Games is a qualifying event for the Special Olympics USA Games, taking place June 14-21st, 2014 in New Jersey. 

Official results will be available online following the conclusion of the games. Good luck Team Philly!

To learn more about the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games, please click here

It’s the year of the thirteens! On Sunday, April 7th,  13 athletes represented Philadelphia at the 2013 Eastern Bowling Sectional. The theme of the bowling sectional was the Big Top! Philadelphia athletes joined athletes from seventeen other counties including: Area P, Berks, Bethlehem, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Columbia/Montour, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Montgomery, Northampton, Northumberland/Snyder, Schuylkill, Union and host county, Lehigh. In total, 325 athletes and 105 met in Allentown to show 

Philadelphia athletes bowled at Mountainville Bowling Center in Allentown, PA. 

2013 Eastern Bowling Sectional Results:

Ronald Atkins, Kirstyn Cantres, Ian Capacio,  Matthew Kosman, Sheila Stevens
Michael Esposito, Allison Rutizer, Edmund Zakrocki
Russel Barndt, Joseph Lestochi
Rosemary Furlong, 
Sharon Quarles
Bryan Ziegler

On April Fools, our Philadelphia athletes weren’t fooling anyone as they rolled spares and strikes at the 2012 Eastern Bowling Sectional, a one-day competition featuring more than 300 athletes. Opening Ceremonies were held at Trexler Middle School and the competition venues were Mountainville Bowling Alley, Rose Bowl and Playdrome- all in Allentown. Athletes compete in various bowling events: singles, doubles, teams and unified. 31 of our Philadelphia athletes took to the lanes and gave it their all in hopes of advancing to the 2012 Summer Games at Penn State University in State College, PA.


2012 Eastern Bowling Sectional Results:

1st Place
Stephanie Cooper, William Devlin, Vincent Filograna, Pamela Galone, Raymond Jackson, Michael O’Donnell
2nd Place
Raymond Anderson, Theodore Angerman, Alberto Borrero, Kirstyn Cantres, Stephan Dacyna, Kevin Karcher, Salim Thomas
3rd Place
Mitchell Gaskins, John Kulpa, Richard Walston, Michael Weinberg
4th Place
Daniel Charlton, Keith Collins, William Strauser Jr, Edmund Zakrocki
5th Place
Matthew Kosman, Michael Mullen, Rachel Santiago, Angela Smith, 
6th Place
William Borrero, Michael Esposito, Rosemary Furlong, Sheila Stevens, 
7th Place
Russell Barndt, David Borrero, 

19 athletes represented Philadelphia in the 2010 Eastern Bowling Sectional on Sunday, April 11, 2010. Our athletes all competed as singles in Allentown, PA. 

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1st Place
James Barbour, Stephanie Cooper, Pamela Galone, Michael Mullen, Sheila Stevens, William Tews, Charles Zisette
2nd place
Raymond Anderson, John Kulpa, Heather Lutts
3rd Place
Russell Barndt, Siobhan Driscoll,Michael Esposito, Eugene Riley, Angela Smith
4th Place
Rosemary Furlong, Michael O’Donnell, Edmund Zakrocki
5th Place
Vernon Mayfield

On Saturday, April 4, 19 athletes represented Special Olympics Philadelphia at the 2009 Eastern Bowling Sectional. The Bowling Sectional took place at Mountain View and Parkway Lanes in Allentown, PA. It was a chilly day outside, but inside our athletes were heating it up as they bowled spares and strikes!

2009 Eastern Bowling Sectional Results:

April Crompton, Christina Piascik, Edmund Zakrocki
2nd Place
Michael Esposito, Tyrell Hargrave, Rachel Santiago, Sheila Stevens, William Tews
3rd Place
Raymond Anderson, Keith Collins, Desmond Corley, John Kulpa, James Majors, Agnela Smith 
4th Place
Ryan Bogan, Emmanuel Cook, Rosemary Furlong, Vernon Mayfield
7th Place
Michael O’Donnell