10/25/2012 4:00:00 PM 



ARLINGTON, Texas (DATE) – The Bowling Foundation announced it has awarded grants in the form of mobile bowling equipment to four schools.  The funding is part of the foundation’s continuing effort to help enhance lives through the sport of bowling.  The Mobile Bowling Equipment program annually helps schools, parks and recreation departments, disabled and disadvantaged service groups and other organizations and youth groups purchase equipment to teach and enjoy bowling.

Schools receiving grants are

  • Lawton Public Schools, Lawton, Okla.
  • St. Charles D303 Elementary Physical Education, St. Charles, Ill.
  • P.S. 396K – Ramon Betances School, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Crimson Elementary School, Mesa, Ariz.

The grants are awarded in the form of bowling kits (value $1200 each) which include six carpet bowling lanes, rubberized bowling balls and pins, plus instructional DVDs to assist coaches and teachers in introducing and instructing students in the game of 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 to provide some small financial relief to help maintain and improve the resources these schools need to continue to enrich the lives of our children.”

Schenk added, “The hardest part of the entire process is not being able to award everyone who applies a grant.  Each program is so worthy and it is difficult to choose only a few programs when all those who apply are in need of assistance.  We take into account a number of factors including which applicants best represent The Bowling Foundation’s mission to enhance the lives of others in need through the sport of bowling.”

Schenk said it is always a joy to award these grants to these organizations (schools).  “Bowling is an American pastime and one of the few sports you can do your entire lifetime.  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, 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 how schools and organizations can partner with The Bowling Foundation to organize bowling FUNdraiser events for students to raise money for the school, project and The Bowling Foundation charities, go to www.bowlersed.com.


The mission of The Bowling Foundation is to enhance the lives of others through the sport of bowling, particularly reaching out toward youth, those less fortunate, underprivileged or in need, giving them increased chance for success, health, fitness and the joy of sport; while fostering bowling across all sectors of society.

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.


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