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Youth bowling a great success

Posted: August 7, 2012 - 7:52am

Shhh ... Don’t tell anybody, but guess which local youth sport/activity offers an opportunity to learn a great lifetime family sport, participate competitively and also provide the ability to build an individual scholarship fund along the way? If you guessed youth bowling then you are correct. 

The scholarship fund program is managed by the United States Bowling Congress and the recipients have two years after high school graduation to use it on college or trade school tuition expenses. These funds are generated by the bowlers’ accomplishments in various state- and local-sanctioned youth tournaments. One of our bowlers who started at a young age just left our program with over $9,000 in her scholarship fund and several others in the 14- to 15-years-old category have already earned between $4,000 to $5,000.

Are you hooked yet? Well, the good news is that this opportunity is available to all local youth between the ages of  6 and 21 by joining the Peninsula Strikers Youth Bowling League. Sign-ups are scheduled for Aug. 25 at the Alaskalanes Bowling Center in Kenai between the hours of 1 and 3 p.m. The season starts in September. 

Your child’s experience level doesn’t matter because volunteer adult coaches and youth mentors are available. Our goal is to provide our local youth participants with an opportunity to learn a great lifetime sport and have fun doing it in a family-friendly atmosphere. It’s great to see the kids develop throughout the years and the youth/adult  fraternity that forms within the organization.

About now you are probably wondering if we are successful in competition? Oh yeah, we are very successful and very competitive. Last year Tasha Waterbury and Mason Yamada won the State Pepsi Challenge championships in Wasilla and earned a trip to compete in the Pepsi Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our bowlers continue to win their share of events in statewide tournaments and at the 2011 State Championships Josh Lieds bowled a perfect 300 game during the competition.

Bowling is an individual sport and therefore you can set your goals on whatever level you wish to accomplish. Whether it’s family fun, college scholarships or someday competing on the Professional Bowlers Assn. (PBA) tour, the sky is the limit. Remember the name Sean Rash? He came out of the Anchorage youth bowling program about 10 years ago to earn a scholarship to Wichita State University and then on to stardom on the PBA. In 2012 he won the PBA Tournament of Champions.

If you think youth bowling is something your son or daughter would be interested in please join us for the upcoming 2012-2013 season. It’s a great winter activity. If you would like more information, please call either myself at 283-1054 or Kathy Waterbury at 262-7449.

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