Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo Adds Sponsors

by Bob Johnson 0

The 5th annual Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo is set for July 8-10 at Town & Country Lanes in Joliet, Ill. This year, more sponsors than ever before are getting involved in this college-recruiting event.

Sponsors returning for 2015 include:

• 900 Global

• Bowlers Journal International magazine

• Brunswick

• Columbia 300

• Dexter

• DV8

• Ebonite

• Hammer

• Kegel

• Motiv

• OnTheBallBowling.com

• Professional Bowlers Association

• Roto Grip

• Storm

• Track

• Turbo

• Metro Detroit USBC Association

Joining this group of elite sponsors this year will be:

• International Art of Bowling

• Logo Infusion, sponsor of the event-ending Audition Tournament and the featured jersey worn by all students during competition

• Roll Tech, sponsor of the College Coaches Dinner

• Junior Team USA

• Chicagoland USBC

Hammer and Columbia 300 have stepped up their commitment by sponsoring registration bags and the photo booth.

More than 160 top student-bowlers, their parents and bowling coaches from more than 25 colleges are expected to attend again this summer. In addition, representatives from major bowling ball companies, Hall of Fame bowlers and world-class coaches will be there, not to mention Team USA sports psychologist Dean Hinitz, who will provide mental training techniques.

“We are thoroughly excited to be part of the Turbo Collegiate Expo,” said Ken Keegan, Executive Director of Logo Infusion. “This event has garnered serious attention in the bowling industry throughout the past few years, showcasing the talent of our sport's future via on-lane and classroom assessment. We are looking forward to watching the next generation learn and grow into the stars of tomorrow.”

Noted Rich Belsky, founder and CEO of Rolltech: “Participating in the Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo is an incredible way for us to connect with the next generation of competitive bowlers and their coaches. As a leading tech company in bowling, we’re constantly looking for ways to expand our relationships with other innovators in the industry. We love the Collegiate Expo’s emphasis on education and are excited to contribute to the development of this program.”

Team USA Head Coach Rod Ross also is looking forward to the event — especially meeting the students and their parents.

“We want to let them know that Junior Gold, Junior Team USA and Team USA are more steps they can take after improving their skills in events like the Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo,” Ross said. “And we want parents to learn that these programs also are a stepladder that could provide a platform for students to bowl in international events across the globe. We salute Turbo and everyone involved in this event.”

For more information, call 800-530-9878, or go to: www.turbogrips.com.

Registration is limited to 168 students. The registration deadline is May 30, and early bird savings are available through April 30.

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.