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 lifelong sport of bowling though education, instruction, fitness and fun.
Students who might be unable to compete on another playing field can find athletic success in bowling. Not only can the Bowler’s Ed program impact children in a physical education class, but it also brings a unique activity to school-wide and community events.
“We received many strong applications this year and are excited our efforts will provide opportunities for kids to discover and develop their potential,” said Nancy Schenk, president of The Bowling Foundation.
The grants are awarded in the form of bowling kits (value $1,200 each) which include six carpeted bowling lanes, rubberized balls and pins, and instructional DVDs to assist coaches and teachers.
Schools receiving the grants in the second part of 2014 are:
- Aurora R8 School District, Aurora, Missouri
- Blue Springs R-IV School District, Blue Springs, Missouri
- Columbia Central School, Steger, Illinois
- Des Moines Public Schools, Des Moines, Iowa
- Friends of TN-School for the Blind, Nashville, Tennessee
- Keeseville Elementary School, Keeseville, New York
- Northeast Bradford Elementary, Rome, Pennsylvania
Schenk went on to say it always is a joy to award the grants to students and schools in need.
“Bowling is an American pastime and one of the few sports you can do your entire lifetime,” Schenk said. “It’s our honor to help out those who teach our children to be active and healthy for today and tomorrow.”
Public or private educational institutions with grades K-8 or 501(c) 3 non-profit organizations serving youth in grades K-8 are eligible to receive the annual grants. An organization is eligible to receive funding once every three years; individuals are not eligible to apply or receive awards.
For more information on the program or to learn how schools and organizations can partner with The Bowling Foundation to benefit their school, project and/or The Bowling Foundation charities, go to BowlingFoundation.com.
About The Bowling Foundation
The mission of The Bowling Foundation is to provide educational programs that encourage a healthy, active lifestyle while building confidence and teaching the values of sportsmanship, teamwork and perseverance through the sport of bowling.
As the charitable arm of bowling, The Bowling Foundation is fully supported by the leading entities for the sport including the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, United States Bowling Congress, The Bowling Proprietors’ Association International, Professional Bowlers Association, Strike Ten Entertainment, International Bowling Pro Shop Instructors Association, International Bowling Media Association and the Bowling News Network as well as manufacturers, and local bowling entities.