FAIRLAWN, Ohio – Kai Strothers, a 10-year-old from Maplewood, N.J., hopes to one day follow in the footsteps of his favorite Professional Bowlers Association stars – Jason Belmonte and Gary Faulkner Jr. – and bowl on the sport’s biggest stage.
Kai took a big step toward that goal on January 19 when he bowled his first 300 game in his youth league at Jersey Lanes in nearby Linden, a feat that landed him an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE via satellite.
Now, thanks to an invitation from Go Bowling! PBA Tour Commissioner Tom Clark, Kai and his parents will have a front row seat for one of professional bowling's most prestigious championship rounds when he attends Sunday’s PBA Tournament of Champions finals at AMF Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, Ohio. The stepladder finals air live on FOX at 4:30 pm EST.
"Kai's accomplishment on the lanes and his awesome performance on Jimmy Kimmel are inspiring," Clark said. "I cannot wait to introduce Kai to PBA legend Carmen Salvino at the finals and listen to that conversation. Whether you are 10 or 85, we are all chasing 300."
Salvino is bowling in his 29th PBA Tournament of Champions this year at record age 85.
If a PBA bowler rolls 300 in the TOC championship game on Sunday, he will win a $1 million bonus as part of the PBA's #Chasing300 campaign. In the case of any 300 game on the PBA on FOX Sports schedule this season, Tour sponsor Go Bowling's "Go Bowling America" promotion will also give a free game of bowling coupon to everyone registered at www.gobowling.com/BowlFreeAmerica.
When Kai was asked by Kimmel what else he’d like to accomplish after becoming the youngest bowler ever to bowl a 300 game in New Jersey, the 197-average youth bowler said his dream is to someday become a professional bowler.
The 10-year-old will see what it's like under the brightest lights in the game this Sunday.
To view Kai's appearance on the Kimmel show's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtK7ephq5BY