ARLINGTON, Texas – The Bowling Foundation announced it has awarded grants to more than six schools as part of its continuing effort to help enhance peoples’ lives through bowling. The Mobile Bowling Equipment program annually helps schools, parks and recreation departments, disabled and disadvantaged service groups and other organizations and youth groups purchase equipment to teach and enjoy bowling. The grants, awarded in the form of bowling kits, are valued at $1200. Each kit includes six carpet bowling lanes, rubberized bowling balls and pins plus instructional DVDs to assist coaches and teachers in introducing and instructing the game of bowling.
Schools receiving grants in 2011 are
• Tri County Intermediate / Primary Schools, Wolcott, Indiana
• Washington Junior High, Washington, Iowa
• St. Clair Junior High School, St. Clair, Missouri
• Allen Elementary, Siloam Springs, Arkansas
• Youth Ministry Entertainment Inc., Richmond, Virginia.
• Tremont Middle School/Senior High School, Tremont, Illinois
“Each year we receive applications from all over the country,” said Bowling Foundation Chair, Cathy DeSocio. “In a struggling economy, school and non-profit budgets are usually the first to get cut. We hope these grants can provide some meaningful support to these schools.” An organization is eligible to receive funding once every three years.
It is interesting to note that BOWLING is one of the largest participatory sports in the world. Bowling also has one of the most rich and longest histories of all sports, dating as far back as 300 BC. Today there are nearly 3000 bowling centers across the US and many more across the world. Over a million viewers watch each week on live television as Professional Bowlers compete on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour. Approximately 2 million bowlers socialize and bowl together each week in leagues.