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Students get on the bowling lanes

Ministry, Mario’s come together for national high school bowling league
  • Shown are high school students practicing in preparation for play in the Bahamas National High School Bowling League. PHOTOS: MARIO’S BOWLING AND FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT PALACE

Published: Jan 11, 2017

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In conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mario’s Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace is pleased to introduce a junior boys/girls and senior boys/girls national bowling league.

Mario’s expressed passion about a national high school bowling league for several reasons, one of which is because there is more than $6 million worth of scholarships offered each year by universities, bowling associations, councils, certified tournaments and proprietors throughout the United States of America.

“Bowling is an NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) certified sport, and we are pleased to introduce the benefits to the youth of The Bahamas and pave the way for them to become ‘educated’ pro bowlers,” said Yasmine Miller, from Mario’s. Bowling is the decade’s fastest-growing high school sport in this region, as nearly 5,000 schools in the United States offer a boys and girls bowling program. There are 43 member NCAA schools that offer division one or division two bowling.

“We want Bahamians to have access to bowling scholarships that are available. Universities have made contact with management at Mario’s Bowling over the past years, and have made requests for students interested in the sport of bowling; as bowling has become the fastest-growing high school sport. It was heart-breaking that we did not have one student for them to recruit.

“We realize that bowling scholarships are obtainable, and we want Bahamians to be able to embrace every scholarship opportunity available. Our goal is provide opportunities for coaching and instruction, fun and friendly competition, fair play, team work and leadership skills through the development of a junior and senior national bowling league” said Leslia Miller-Brice, from Mario’s.

Mario’s Bowling will make a valuable contribution by allowing the students and coaches from the various schools interested in participating, complimentary bowling time.

“This is our way of giving back. Mario’s Bowling will have bowling coaches on staff to educate and train the students in the sport of bowling,” said Miller-Brice. “We will also award the winning teams with medals, trophies and a VIP bowling party to the top three schools in our Sir Sidney Poitier Suite. We invite Corporate Bahamas to be a part of this growing industry and adopt a school to be a part of the junior and senior teams in the Bahamas National Bowling League.”

Gregory Wilkinson from Mario’s said: “Let us work together to give our young athletes another chance of furthering their education.”

The cost per team is $1,000 for the 11-week tournament, including team T-shirts with branding. Each team will consist of 10 players.

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