Brunswick to Assist in ‘Give Kids the World’ Fundraiser

by Bob Johnson 0

Team Brunswick is racing to help “give kids the world” at the IAAPA Footprints from the Heart Fun Run and Walk on Thursday, Nov. 19 in Orlando, Fla., with help from the Future Theme Park Leaders Association (FTPLA).

The event winds through the storybook pathways of Give Kids the World Village, a nonprofit resort in Orlando providing weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacations to critically ill children and their families.

Brunswick Bowling Products will sponsor members of the FTPLA, a student organization at the University of Central Florida, as they organize a team for the event. Members of Team Brunswick will solicit donations and participate in the 5k run and 1k walk.

“We’re so grateful to Brunswick for providing us with this opportunity,” said Meghan Milliken, secretary of the FTPLA. “Before the semester began we knew we wanted to support Give Kids the World, but hadn't yet determined how.”

The FTPLA is a student club in UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management, and is focused on the study and understanding of the inner workings and operations of the theme park and attractions industry.

“Brunswick is thrilled to connect with students who are enthusiastic about the amusement and attractions industry for such a worthwhile cause,” said Jennifer Waldo, Brunswick marketing manager.

International Association of Amusement Park and Attractions (IAAPA) members include industry leaders in amusement parks, family entertainment centers, museums, science centers, water parks, resorts, zoos and aquariums. The organization sponsors the annual Footprints from the Heart event during the IAAPA Expo, to be held this year Nov. 16-20 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

Give Kids the World Village is a 79-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort that has welcomed more than 140,000 children and their families for their dream wish vacation.

There’s still time to register, donate to, or participate in the Footprints from the Heart fun run and walk. Learn more at Team Brunswick’s webpage: http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/Events/General?team_id=5045&pg=team&fr_id=1460

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.

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