Over the course of the past 12 months, in addition to ongoing activities over the years, Professional Bowlers Associations tournaments under PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour and PBA Regional banners have contributed significantly to charitable causes across America.
Some of the benefactors of PBA tournaments and fund-raisers during the past year include: Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Wounded Warriors, American Cancer Society, Relay For Life, The Boys & Girls Clubs, Alzheimer's Association, Lorain County (Ohio) Kids Fund, Hubbard (Ohio) High School Bowling, Police Activities League (PAL), Andy Dye Foundation (Junior Bowling Program), Dan Kondas Fund, Autism Awareness, Special Olympics, Race For The Cure, Coldwater High School Bowling, Multiple Sclerosis, Tony Reyes Memorial Fund, Baer Foundation, Chron's & Colitis Foundation, Youth Scholarships, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Boys Ranch.
“The PBA is proud to partner with worthy charities all year across all of our programs," PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said. "And we are glad we can be part of the entire bowling industry's huge contributions to important causes."
Clark said the PBA's five-year partnership with NBA star Chris Paul's CP3 Foundation, bringing awareness to the foundation's work enhancing children's lives, has been rewarding among other efforts.
“The PBA is a supporting member of The Bowling Foundation, the charitable arm of the sport,” Clark added, “and a number of our player members, on their own initiatives, have created their own scholarship and charitable fund-raising projects. When we announce the winner of the inaugural Tony Reyes Community Service Award early in 2014, everyone will get a better idea of the kind of commitment I’m talking about.”
JAPAN CUP, PBA RPI/PBA50 FINALS TELECASTS SWAP DATES ON ESPN SCHEDULE
ESPN and the PBA have announced a change in the January telecast lineup.
The finals of the Japan Cup, originally scheduled to air on Jan. 19, will now air on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 1 p.m. ET and coverage of the PBA Regional Players Invitational Finals and PBA50 Finals will now air on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. ET. The finals of the Teen Masters Grand Championship, presented by the PBA, will follow the RPI/PBA50 telecast at 5 p.m. on Jan. 19.
"This moves the important PBA Japan Cup national title event up in the TV schedule and gives us a chance the following week to spotlight three distinctly different aspects of the PBA with a three-hour block concentrating on our regional program, senior program and commitment to the stars of tomorrow," PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said.
PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE GAME SETS BLAZING PACE IN iOS INTRODUCTION
Two weeks after the introduction of the iOS version of PBA Bowling Challenge, one of the world’s most popular games for mobile devices, there were 743,782 downloads recorded for Apple-product smart phones and iPads…and more than 5.5 million game sessions had been played.
At the highest point of the second week, according to PBA Bowling Challenge creator Concrete Software, the game ranked No. 3 among all iPad installs and No. 23 for all iPhone installs.
CHRIS HARDWICK OFFERS MOVING TRIBUTE TO FATHER BILLY ON AMC SHOW
“The day before he died, I got to have a really nice chat with him and tell him how much I loved him…” said Chris Hardwick in a moving tribute to his late father, PBA Hall of Famer Billy Hardwick, on his Sunday night “Talking Dead” show on AMC. To listen to Chris Hardwick’s complete message, click here:
JASON BELMONTE FEATURED IN ESPN THE MAGAZINE
If you’d like to better understand how Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte generates all of those revolutions with his specialized technique, pick up a copy of the Nov. 25 issue of ESPN the Magazine. The bi-weekly magazine, with a circulation of more than two million copies, includes a “stop action” photo analysis – with explanation – of Belmonte’s two-handed technique in a “Playbook/Visuals” feature.
PBA REGIONAL ROUNDUP: ROCHE WINS FIRST PBA REGIONAL TITLE
● Jeff Roche of Dearborn, Mich., defeated Carleton Chambers of Detroit, 224-208, to win $2,000 and his first PBA Regional title in the joint PBA Pro Bowl Central/Midwest Open presented by Dexter at Pro Bowl West in Ft. Wayne, Ind., on Sunday, Nov. 17.
● Lonnie Waliczek of Wichita, Kan., defeated reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash, a former Wichita resident now living in Montgomery, Ill., 268-225, to win the PBA Budweiser Wichita Southwest/Midwest Open at Thunderbird Bowl Sunday. Waliczek and Rash dominated the field in qualifying, and easily advanced to the championship match where Waliczek started with a spare followed by eight strikes in winning the Wichita event for the second time. He also earned $2,700.
● Kyle Troup of Hickory, N.C., defeated B.J. Moore of Apex, N.C., 256-226, to win his seventh PBA Regional title in the Gloucester Southern Open presented by Radical Bowling at Village Lanes in Gloucester, Va., Sunday. With his second win of the year, Troup tightened up the 2013 South Region points race with two events remaining. Connor Pickford of Charlotte, N.C., who finished third, is the current leader with Troup in second place.
● George Tignor of Winchendon, Mass., successfully defended his title when he defeated PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., 278-248, to win the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Eastern Open presented by The Insurance Market at Bryan’s Bowling Center in Laurel, Del., Sunday. Tignor won his only previous PBA50 Regional title in the same event a year earlier.
● Dean Richards of Tacoma, Wash. and partner Daniel Jackson Jr. of Portland, Ore. posted a 3-2 match play record and a 12-game total of 5,365 pins Saturday to win the PBA Lithia CJDR Northwest Doubles at Go Bowl in Pasco, Wash., on Saturday by 12 pins over Rob Edwards of Vancouver, Wash. and Curtis Messer Jr. of Aberdeen, Wash. Richards and Jackson split the $2,500 first prize.
● The Nov. 22-24 weekend PBA Regional schedule features Steve Cook’s Fireside Lanes Capital City West/Northwest Open presented by DV8 in Citrus Heights, Calif., and the Dallas Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons Southwest Open at Allen Bowl in Allen, Texas.
Two events are on tap for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend: the Beaumont Southwest Open presented by Roto Grip at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas, and the La-Z-Boy/Monroe Sport Center Non-Champions Open in Monroe, Mich.
For complete schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.
● PBA charter member and hall of famer Carmen Salvino of Chicago celebrates his 80th birthday on Saturday, Nov. 23. To help celebrate his milestone birthday, Salvino shared the story of his remarkable career in bowling – and other facets of his life – in a full-length feature story that will be posted on pba.com on Friday.