ARLINGTON, Texas - The International Bowling Campus Youth Development team recently selected five schools to receive Bowler's Ed kits through its equipment grant program.
The Bowler's Ed program provides educators and youth organizers the tools needed to engage children in a true bowling experience by bringing a bowling-center atmosphere inside a classroom or gymnasium.
The schools selected to receive Bowler's Ed kits were determined based on submitted applications. The schools receiving a kit are:
- James Island Elementary, Charleston, S.C.
- Maryland International Day School, Camp Springs, Md.
- South Putnam Community Education Foundation, Greencastle, Ind.
- Waterville Elementary, Waterville, Minn.
- West Shore School District, Goldsboro, Pa.
The kit includes a carpeted mobile bowling lane, along with a rubberized bowling ball and plastic pins. Teachers are provided a step-by-step curriculum and an instructional video on the fundamentals of bowling, etiquette, safety, scoring and fitness activities.
The curriculum includes lessons to reinforce math, language arts, social studies, problem solving, geography, computer skills and more. It includes activities for grades K-8 and features elements to enhance cardiovascular health, coordination and endurance.
"Bowler's Ed kits are a great way to introduce and teach the sport of bowling to students across the country," said Chrissie Kent, chair of the IBC Youth Committee. "The curriculum provides teachers everything they'll need to help their students have fun and enjoy the sport, with the ability to connect multiple subjects and allow for physical activity."
IBC Youth Development works with local associations, schools and bowling centers throughout the country to deliver the In-School Bowler's Ed kits. The initiative, supported by the bowling industry, seeks to bring bowling centers and associations together with schools in their community, so physical education teachers can make bowling one of the sports they teach to their students.
Since 2009, the Bowler's Ed Grant Program has awarded more than $500,000 in the form of Bowler's Ed kits to schools and organizations.
IBC Youth Development is supported by the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America and the United States Bowling Congress.
For more information the Bowler's Ed program, visit BOWL.com/BowlersEd.