August 9, 2007
NATIONAL BOWLING WEEK TO CELEBRATE THE SPORT
by Jerry Schneider
National Bowling Week returns with festivities to be held across the country on and around Aug. 25-31 to help kick off the 2007-08 bowling season.
This year's celebration comes on the heels of a year marked by a 3.5 percent spike in the number of bowlers in this country - 66 million Americans bowled at least once last year - and a 1.4 percent gain in the number of paid games. Simply put: more and more people are bowling.
National Bowling Week, which is sponsored by the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America, International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association, Professional Bowlers Association, Strike Ten Entertainment and the United States Bowling Congress, celebrates this countryís most popular participatory sport with many special events.
Major festivities kick off Aug. 13-17 when the Bowling Pin Cart (a tricked-out golf cart made to resemble a pin) moves from its current residence at BPAA Headquarters in Arlington, Texas, to its new home at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.
After an Aug. 13 sendoff in Arlington, the Pin Cart stops Aug. 14 in El Paso, Texas (host of the 2010 USBC Women's Championships), Aug. 15 in Albuquerque, N.M. (site of the 2008 USBC Open Championships), Aug. 16 in Las Vegas (host of the 2009 USBC Open Championships) and Aug. 17 in Reno in time for the taping of the U.S. Women's Open, a USBC event. Daily video of the tour will be featured on bowl.com and bpaa.com. USBC's giant ball mascot - Striker - also will be along for the ride.
Striker and USBC's giant pin mascot, King, are scheduled to be in New York City Aug. 27-28, popping up at the morning network news shows. That's after King and Striker hold the finish-line tape for the famous Klementís sausage races at Milwaukee's Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team. National Bowling Week also is scheduled to be part of baseball pre-game festivities in St. Louis on Aug. 11, Houston on Aug. 30 and Miami on Sept. 1.
Other events include the announcement of the winners of the second annual Show and Tell art, photography and writing contests and the Professional Bowlers Association Show Us Your Finish Work Video Contest on bowlspace.com and a buy-one-game, get-one-game free coupon promotion in conjunction with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
A number of local events also will take place at bowling centers across the country.
For more information, visit bowl.com.