Bowling, like any other sport, helps students physically, socially and emotionally to stay fit, gain more self confidence and take responsibility of their own actions. Additionally, teens learn to train their bodies, their minds and their spirits not only to survive in their world, but to thrive in every aspect of their lives. Some of our students have emotional behavioral disorders which prevent them from participating in extracurricular activities. Bowling is a sport that helps them to relax and manage some of their emotional situations. Our school is a Title I School which means the students come from an economically challenged environment.
Resources are limited and it is very difficult for students to go to the bowling alleys to practice.
The closet bowling alley, AMF Pembroke Pines Lanes, is approximately 14.5 miles from the school. Students will have an opportunity to practice at school if they receive the equipment.
Participation in high school bowling nationally nearly has doubled in the past three years, from 20,976 participants in 2015 to 2017 39,251 in 2017-18. In April, Ohio became the 18th state to recognize bowling as an interscholastic sport after it was determined that more than 150 Ohio schools have teams. About 25 other states offer bowling as a club sport.
The bowling industry generates over $6 million in scholarships each year.
Last year, 8.1 million Americans 14 through 17 went bowling at least once, compared with 7.9 million the year before, according to Simmons Research, a Florida-based company that tracks consumer behavior.
Our students have limited transportation; therefore, going to the actual bowling alley to practice is not always available. The equipment will provide opportunities for students to practice at the school. Bowling is a sport that students can have success if they are allowed rigorous practice. Throwing the bowling ball and hitting the pins requires a great amount of hand-eye coordination. This kind of focus stimulates mental alertness, concentration and tactical strategy. This makes bowling the perfect game for young people to sharpen motor skills and hand-eye coordination. The concentration used for bowling can translate to success with students academic studies. Research states that students who bowl tend to be a better student-athlete. Equipment can assist my students with practicing to obtain bowling scholarships. Bowling scholarships are the best-kept secret.
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