ARLINGTON, Texas – Seven schools have been selected by the International Bowling Campus Youth Development team to receive Bowler’s Ed kits and curriculum information through the Bowler’s Ed Grant Program.
Through the program, schools, youth groups and other organizations are able to teach students and young athletes about bowling, from the fun to the fundamentals.
Each Bowler’s Ed kit provides teachers and staff with all the equipment and tools needed to enjoy the sport in the most convenient way – by bringing a bowling-center-like atmosphere into their classrooms, gyms or recreational spaces.
The schools selected to receive Bowler’s Ed kits were determined based on applications that were submitted by a December 2020 deadline. The schools and organizations receiving the kits are:
* North Barrington Elementary, North Barrington, Ill.
* Bartlesville Public Schools, Bartlesville, Okla.
* Bartlesville Gymnastics Club, Bartlesville, Okla.
* Highland Elementary, Camp Hill, Pa.
* Hillside Elementary, New Cumberland, Pa.
* Sandlapper Elementary, Columbia, S.C.
* Skyland Elementary School, Greer, S.C.
Each kit includes a carpeted mobile bowling lane, rubber bowling ball, plastic pins, step-by-step curriculum and an instructional video on the fundamentals of bowling, etiquette, safety, scoring and fitness activities.
Along with the chance to introduce children in grades K-8 to a sport they can play for a lifetime, bowling in any setting is great exercise and a fun way to build endurance and hand-eye coordination.
The curriculum also includes lessons that put a new spin on math, language arts, social studies, problem solving, geography, computer skills and more.
“The Bowler’s Ed kits and curriculum are so valuable and useful because they can turn almost any space into a convenient and affordable bowling center to give a true bowling experience to groups of any size,” said Chrissie Kent, chair of the IBC Youth Committee. “Beyond just the health and educational benefits, the program gives students the chance to participate in something that is fun, safe and perfect for social distancing.”
IBC Youth Development works with local associations, schools and bowling centers throughout the country to deliver the In-School Bowler’s Ed kits. Each kit is valued at $1,450.
The initiative is supported by the bowling industry and aims to bring bowling centers and associations together with schools in their communities, so physical education teachers can make bowling one of the sports they teach to their students.
Since 2009, the Bowler’s Ed Grant Program has awarded more than $500,000 in the form of Bowler’s Ed kits to schools and organizations.
For schools, facilities or organizations interested in applying for a Bowler’s Ed grant, the application portal is open once again. The submission deadline for this round is in June, so there’s still time. The application can be found at BOWL.com/BowlersEd.
IBC Youth Development is supported by the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America and the United States Bowling Congress.
About International Bowling Campus
The International Bowling Campus (IBC) is the headquarters for the bowling industry and directly serves the more than 69 million bowlers in the United States. The IBC houses the resources of the United States Bowling Congress, the governing body and membership organization for the sport; the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, representing the business interests of bowling centers; IBC Youth Development; Strike Ten Entertainment, the marketing arm for the industry; the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame; the International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association; the International Bowling Media Association; the Bowling News Network; the Billiard and Bowling Institute of America; Bowlers Journal International and Bowling Center Management, the industry’s premier magazines; and the International Training and Research Center.
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