PBA Launches New Scholarship with Gazmine Mason to Support BIPOC Youth Bowlers

PBA Jr. and Gazmine Mason Foundation Scholarship Applications Open Through August 1

New York, NY – The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) in partnership with professional bowler, Gazmine “GG” Mason are excited to announce the PBA Jr. and Gazmine Mason Foundation Scholarship, a new scholarship that will provide opportunities for youth bowlers of color across the country to compete at bowling’s most elite level.

The PBA Jr. and Gazmine Mason Foundation Scholarship will award 20 youth bowlers’ guaranteed entry into the PBA Jr. National Championship Regional Qualifier events, the first part of the PBA Jr. National Championship, which will take place at five locations across the country September 3-5. The East Region Qualifier/22nd Parker Bohn III Scholarship Tournament will begin on September 2.

Midwest Region
Bowlero Wauwatosa
11737 W Burleigh St, Wauwatosa, WI 53222

South Region
Bowlero Marietta
2749 Delk Rd, Marietta, GA 30067

Southwest Region
Bowlero Euless
1901 W Airport Hwy, Euless, TX 76040

West Region
Bowlero Mesa
1754 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202

East Region/22nd Parker Bohn III Scholarship Tournament
Howell Lanes
1002 U.S. 9, Howell Township, NJ 07731
*September 2-5

“The PBA is inspired by GG’s efforts in advocating for more representation in the sport of bowling, said Colie Edison, CEO of the PBA. “The launch of the PBA Jr. and Gazmine Mason Foundation Scholarship is an integral part of our diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and we look forward to working with such a talented athlete and activist.”

Mason, who competes full-time on the PWBA Tour was the first African American (man or woman) to win a Singles and All-American Events Gold medal for Team USA in bowling. She’s a global ambassador for the sport that has not only recognized the lack of diversity in professional bowling but has been a leader in driving more visibility and change since 2017. Mason has a no-quit mentality that’s inspiring the future professionals of the sport.

“I’m so excited to partner with PBA Jr. on this new scholarship and encourage all the youth bowlers out there who have a love and passion for bowling to take a chance and apply,” said Gazmine Mason. “I tell myself the only way you can truly fail is if you quit, so when you feel like you let yourself down or the result was not what you wanted, always keep moving forward because your next tournament is an opportunity to do better, and this is your opportunity!

BIPOC youth bowlers who have not yet reached the age of 18 by August 1, 2021, are encouraged to apply for the PBA Jr. and Gazmine Mason Foundation Scholarship. The application closes on August 1.

For additional information, eligibility, and to apply, please visit pba.com/junior.

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2020, the PBA launched PBA Jr., a club for elite youth bowlers under the age of 17 and the PBA Pinsiders, a membership for fans of the sport. For more information, please visit PBA.com.



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Brian grew up in New York before moving to Phoenix, AZ in 1991. He has been involved in writing for his own bowling publication called “Striking Spotlight.” He has been published in the Desert Bowler Newspaper, Windy City News Newspaper and the Bowlers Journal. Hirsch is a Youth Director in the Kenosha USBC and a former Director for the Metro Phoenix USBC. As a Level 1 and RVP USBC coach, he can be found coaching his wife Amber and their son Masen each Saturday morning. Hirsch currently has (6) 300’s and (4) 800’s and is a member of the International Gay Bowling Organization where he is a five-time IGBO Champion and a six-time Arizona State Grand Canyon State Games Medalist. The Hirsch’s moved to Wisconsin to be closer to family and assist the Freedom Farm for Vets. Hirsch’s home bowling center is Sheridan Lanes, located in Kenosha, WI.


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