6 schools receive mobile bowling equipment from TBF

by Bob Johnson 0

The Bowling Foundation has awarded six grants in the form of mobile bowling equipment to schools and organizations across the country.

The Mobile Bowling Equipment program annually helps schools, parks and recreation departments, youth groups, disabled and disadvantaged service groups, and other organizations teach students the life-long sport of bowling though education, instruction, fitness and fun.

Schools receiving the grant in 2013 are:

• Genesee Area Focus Fund, Flint, Mich.

• Farmingdale Public Schools, Farmingdale, N.Y.

• Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School, New Orleans, La.

• Sally Potter School, Lake Forest, Ill.

• Westwood Elementary School, De Pere, Wis.

• Tusculum Elementary School, Nashville, Tenn.

The grants are awarded in the form of bowling kits (valued at $1,200 each), which include six carpeted bowling lanes, rubberized balls and pins, and instructional DVDs to assist coaches and teachers in introducing and instructing bowling.

“It is an honor and a privilege to award The Bowling Foundation grants to these schools and organizations,” said Nancy Schenk, President of The Bowling Foundation. “We know that in this economy, so many schools are having their budgets cut, and these grants help us provide some small financial relief to help maintain and improve the resources they need to continue to enrich the lives of our children.”

Public or private educational institutions (grades K-8) or 501(c)3 non-profit organizations serving youth in grades K-8 are eligible to receive the grants.

For more information on the program and how schools and organizations can partner with The Bowling Foundation to organize bowling FUNdraiser events to benefit their school, project and/or The Bowling Foundation charities, click here (www.bowlingfoundation.com).

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.