Special Olympics Michigan Athlete Kolan McConiughey Bowled an 857 Series!

  • February 7, 2011
  • Ann Arbor, Mich.
Click here to watch a news story on Kolan by Channel 7 in Detroit.


You could hear a pin drop then the crowd exploded with cheers as Special Olympics Michigan athlete Kolan McConiughey bowled a 299, 258 and 300 for an 857 series on Thursday, February 3 at Colonial Lanes Bowling Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.

This is the fifth 800 or higher series for Kolan and the second highest series ever at Colonial Lanes. Kolan has bowled seven perfect 300 games, including six sanctioned games at bowling leagues and one at a Special Olympics Michigan competition.

"It's pretty amazing, I was just astounded. I immediately got on my social networks to share the news. He is getting congratulation from friends and family members," said his mother Jan Pardy.

Kolan said, "I just do what I do."

Kolan's area director, Anne Rogers, says Kolan always tries his best, maintains a positive outlook and offers advice and encourages others to compete toward their greatest skills.

Kolan was born on Christmas Day in 1975. He graduated from Pioneer High School in the Ann Arbor Public School District in 1993. He went into a program for community independence through the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. He has been involved with Special Olympics Michigan since high school. Kolan works full time at Busch's Grocery Store, a Spartan Stores affiliate in Ann Arbor, as a courtesy clerk. He has worked there since 1992 and has great pride in his job.

Nancy Cooper has worked with Kolan for 20 years coaching and assisting him. She said, "He's a wonderful guy. He has great sportsmanship, is always complimenting other athletes, and is very humble about his abilities." She says Kolan absolutely loves Special Olympics.

Kolan has competed in track, poly hockey, basketball, volleyball, cross country skiing and of course, bowling. Kolan has a lot of friends in the bowling community. He competed at the Special Olympics 2010 USA National Games in Nebraska, in July of 2010 and won three gold medals!

Kolan was even featured on a Topps 2009 Allen&Ginter trading card as a bowling champion. His cards are traded on eBay. There was one special autographed and numbered card (3/50) that sold for nearly $80!

Kolan enjoys competing and watching sports. His mother, Jan Pardy, describes Kolan as a sports fanatic who loves the Detroit Tigers and Pistons.

  • Jan Pardy (Kolan's mom)
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