California Bowling Writers

April 30, 2006

CONTACT: Tom Clark
USBC Communications
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Charity event to benefit Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

GREENDALE, Wis. - Television and movies' fastest-rising young talent are set for "Bowling with the Stars." The event, to be held May 8 at Corbin Bowl near Los Angeles, is organized by the United States Bowling Congress - the national governing body of the sport.

Stars from hit shows such as "Everybody Hates Chris" and the current movie "The Benchwarmers" will pair up with top woman professional bowlers to compete. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Bowl for the CureŽ, a year-round fund raising and breast cancer awareness initiative by USBC in partnership with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Five young celebrities will attend "Bowling with the Stars":

•Tequan Richmond, 13, who stars as "Drew" in the acclaimed Chris Rock show "Everybody Hates Chris." Richmond also played Ray Charles Jr. in the Oscar winning film "Ray."

•Max Prado, 14, who plays "Nelson" in the hit film "The Benchwarmers," starring David Spade, Jon Lovitz and Rob Schneider.

•Chloe Suazo, 14, who stars as "Zoey" on ABC's sitcom "Freddie," featuring Freddie Prinze Jr.

•Alyson Stoner, 12, who starred in the films "Cheaper by the Dozen" 1 and 2, and appears on The Disney Channel's "Mike's Super-Short Show."

•Michael Alan Johnson, 15, who hosts The Disney Channel's "Mike's Super-Short Show."

Woman bowlers slated to team up with the stars include 20-time Professional Women's Bowling Association titlist Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, nine-time PWBA champion Kim Terrell and reigning U.S. Amateur champion and eight-time Team USA member Diandra Asbaty. All three are official USBC spokespeople for the organization's High School, Collegiate and Youth programs, respectively.

The bowlers also are certified USBC coaches and contenders in the upcoming USBC Queens tournament June 17-21 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. With a $200,000 prize fund, the USBC Queens is the only major women's event remaining since the Professional Women's Bowling Association ceased operations in 2003.

Unlike ABC-TV's "Dancing With the Stars" and FOX-TV's "Skating With Celebrities," "Bowling With the Stars" is not a TV show - yet. The bowling event will follow a similar format as the TV shows: expert bowlers will first coach, then team up with the stars in matches. Tickets for "Bowling with the Stars," a one-night exhibition for fun and charity, will be available at the door on May 8 at Corbin Bowl.