The Challenger Sunshine Bowlers bowl for 20 weeks between September and March in Medina, Lockport, and Niagara Falls. Everyone bowls two games. Each player is assigned to an alley and a team, and receives a bowling shirt. Bowlers enjoy a slice of pizza and glass of pop after their games at the beginning of each month.  Refreshments and part of the cost of bowling is provided through donations from sponsors and Challenger fundraisers. The bowling fee this year is $60 for 20 weeks and is due to the coordinators at each alley by the first day of bowling. Please make checks payable to Challenger Sports League and indicate your choice of bowling day and time

For the 2019-2020 bowling season the league will bowl  for 20 weeks according to the following:

 Medina Lanes at 11249 Maple-Ridge Rd, Medina  on  Tuesdays from 4:30 – 6PM beginning           October 8, 2019                                     Contact Cheryl Naish 716-225-0022

Allie Brandt Lanes at 6510 Lincoln Ave., Lockport on Wednesdays at 3:00 and 4:30 beginning, September 25,2019

Contact Jeanine Craddock 716-433-5976

Brad Angelo Lanes 6280 South Transit Rd., Lockport on Thursdays from 4:30 – 6 PM beginning October 10th, 2019

Contact Bill Hillman 716-940-5435

     Rapids Bowling Center  9524 Niagara Falls Blvd, Niagara Falls, NY 14304 on Fridays from 3:00-4:30 PM beginning September 13th, 2019

        Contact Marie Maietta 716-523-8431 or Merry Hedges 716-694-3127

                                        There is no bowling Thanksgiving week and the week  between Christmas and New Year’s holidays.


The bowling lanes provide the Challenger bowlers with shoes and bowling balls if needed. Many players prefer to purchase their own ball and shoes so they can assure a good fit.


Bowlers are encouraged to arrive at the bowling alleys at least 15 minutes before starting times to allow time to get organized. Upon arrival, players should check in with leaders to find out what alley the player will be bowling at.

An important part of the Challenger Sports program are the volunteers  who help guide and mentor the safety and fun of all bowlers and the team parents that help organize the teams.   The volunteers keep the flow of the game going. They are assigned to each team to help with communication, scheduling, pictures and volunteer management within their respective team families.

Bowling Buddies are volunteers whose job is simply to be a friend, engage the player in conversation, if possible, help him/her roll the ball and help position them if needed to get the ball down the alley for a strike. Buddies sometimes help  challenged partners by acting as guides for blind children or by helping wheelchair-bound players navigate the alley. They keep the players attention on the game and make sure that the players are safe and no one gets hurt. This becomes a rewarding experience for both the player and the Buddy. The Bowling Buddies program allows the parents to receive a much deserved break and cheer the players from the sidelines. Bowling Buddies are asked to arrive 15 minutes before the games.

One of the goals of the Challenger program is to be as flexible as possible in order to make the experience a positive one for each player. Some of our athletes in the league bowl from a specially made ramp that the ball sits on, and with a little push, and aim, the ball will roll down the alley and hit the pins. The rest of the bowlers give it their best shot and roll the ball down the alley in typical fashion. However, we try to accommodate to each players skill level and encourage players to bowl in the way they feel most comfortable. Players whose arm or hand strength prevents them from holding a bowling ball will have help from their assigned volunteer. Bumper bowling is also available for those who need a little help keeping the ball on the alley.

It’s OK not to play. As mentioned previously, we try to be very flexible and there is never pressure for the players to participate. We realize there are times when players are tired or upset and we want you to feel comfortable making the decision about an individual’s level of participation. Please let your coaches and your assigned buddy know how they can be helpful in these situations—when to be encouraging and when to back off.

Game cancellations

When Lockport and/or Medina or Niagara Falls Schools are closed for weather reasons, bowling will be cancelled in that location on that day.

Bowlers will be notified of weather cancellations via e-mail (phone if no e-mail) before 2 PM.

Cancellation announcements will be made in the following ways:

1) An email will be sent to all families who included an email address on the registration form.
2) Games cancelled in advance will be posted to the website homepage and event calendar.
3) You may call the Challenger Sunshine Bowling Coordinator for the Alley


For questions and/or additional information please contact:

Medina Lanes – Cheryl Naish (716) 225-0022

Allie Brandt Lanes- Jeanine Craddock (716) 433-5976

 Brad Angelo Lanes – Bill Hillman (716) 940-5435

Rapids Bowling Center- Marie Maietta (716) 525-8431  & Merry Hedges (716) 694-3127

                         Bowling Treasurer- Linda Conlin (716) 433-4845