Enjoying society’s sport

Bowling is an activity that can either bring out the best or the worst in people. No matter who you are or how old (or young) you are, bowling brings out a competitive side to everyone.

The sport provides a workout on your body. From the lifting of the ball to the effort of pulling back the ball for momentum to releasing it down the lane, it’s quite the quality workout on your arms and core.

It is a great way to develop a relationship with people and challenge your competitive instincts as well.

During the past few weeks, I have covered youth bowlers competing in local tournaments, enjoyed visiting with senior citizens in two local centers and watched touring-professionals donate their time to youngsters just getting started in the sport. All showed how bowling can be enjoyed for several different reasons.

No matter the scenario, I was intrigued by the fellowship this sport provides to participants and those enjoying the action.

Several area youth bowlers are regular competitors on the Junior Bowling Regional Players Tour.

The JBRPT provides a competitive atmosphere for youngsters to challenge their beginning skills in tournament play and on professional bowling patterns. Ben Lewis III is the JBRPT founder and director.

The tour is divided into four different divisions based on submitted average.

The JBRPT is committed to offering junior bowlers a quality, well organized tour with quality bowling centers in which to compete for scholarship money and awards.

The tour during the 2013-14 season had a scholarship payout of $20,539.

The senior citizens enjoy the sport for the comradery of folks their age and the exercise the sport brings to them.

During my travels, I had the pleasure of meeting three gentlemen who had a combined 160 years of bowling experience.

One gentleman still is competing at the of 94.

No matter the circumstance, men and women in their golden years can benefit from this society sport.

Giving back to those in need is a phrase a touring pros used during a bowling clinic I visited this past weekend.

Two PBA50 professionals (these are touring professionals over the age of 50) and six regional touring professionals educated more than 60 youths on the finer points of the game.

The youngsters and parents watched as the pros performed trick shots, described their particular style and spoke about their accomplishments in the sport.

No matter your physical age or condition, bowling will allow anyone to build friendships, gain exercise and fill their competitive need.

So just don’t sit there, get up and bowl.

Contact Eddie Thomas at ethomas@newsandsentinel.com