PBA Spare Shots: Shafer, Carter to Join Jerome Bettis for “The Bus Stops Here Foundation” Fundraiser in Pittsburgh

by Bill Vint March 13, 2014 08:55

Former Pittsburgh Steelers star running back Jerome Bettis, owner of the PBA League’s Motown Muscle, will host the inaugural “Bowl with the Bus” celebrity fundraiser at Latitude 40 in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Thursday, March 20, to benefit The Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation.

PBA titlists Ryan Shafer and Jeff Carter will participate in the event along with celebrity guests including former Steelers Chuck Sanders, Craig Bingham and Craig Wolfley among others. General admission tickets are available for $50. Tickets to bowl with Bettis and his special guests are $200 per person. Tickets can be purchased by calling 412-877-6931 or at  http://www.showclix.com/event/JeromeBettisBowlwiththeBus.

The goal of the event is to acknowledge the philanthropic work The Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation is doing and to raise money for underprivileged inner-city youth. The Foundation works to improve the overall quality of life for troubled and less fortunate adolescents by offering programs to help them distinguish between healthy and unhealthy life choices. Proceeds from the event will benefit programs for Pittsburgh youth which include computer-engineering programs, asthma awareness and mentorship programs.

“The bowling event is something new we’re adding to the other things we’ve been doing for the Foundation,” Bettis said. “Bowling is my first love after football, so I’m really excited about this event. We’re doing bowling because we get people closer to our celebrity guests than we do in other events, and we’re going to do some clinics for the kids. And I’m definitely planning on getting out there on the lanes myself. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

For more information about The Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation, call 412-657-3483 or visit thebusstopsherefoundation.com.

XTRA FRAME TO COVER JOINT PBA REGIONAL IN HUBBARD, OHIO THIS WEEKEND

PBA’s exclusive online video service, Xtra Frame, is providing live coverage of the Trumbull County Visitors Bureau Central/East Open presented by DV8 Saturday and Sunday at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio. Through a special arrangement with Craig Elliott of Michiganbowler.tv, Xtra Frame will provide exclusive live coverage of both rounds of qualifying on Saturday, March 15, and match play and stepladder final rounds on Sunday, March 16.

To subscribe to XF, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. Monthly subscriptions are available for $7.99 and annual subscriptions are offered for $64.99.

HELP PUSH PBA OVER THE “100,000 LIKES” MILESTONE ON FACEBOOK

The Professional Bowlers Association is less than 800 “likes” away from the 100,000 milestone on Facebook. If you’d like to join the legion of fans who follow the PBA on Facebook, enter “Professional Bowlers Association” in the search bar and hit the “like” button.

PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE GAME ADDS ENHANCED DOLBY SOUND

Already one of the most popular mobile-device games on the market, Concrete Software’s PBA Bowling Challenge just got an audio boost thanks to a new Concrete Software partnership with Dolby. The addition of enhanced Dolby sound now makes PBA Bowling Challenge sound even better.

At the upcoming Games Developer Conference in San Francisco, Tapjoy – the company that handles the special offers in the PBA Bowling Challenge game (watch this video for a gold pin, etc...) – will be doing a major public relations push for PBA Bowling Challenge.

To download the PBA game in a version to fit your mobile device, visit http://www.concretesoftware.com/web/games/pba-bowling-challenge/ and click on the proper app store button.

CHINA TO EXPAND PBA “PIONEERS LEAGUE” PROGRAM

Shortly after 13 Chinese bowlers “graduated” from a unique PBA Pioneers League to become the first bowlers from their country to join the PBA, interest in the program has grown to the point that Frank Ningbo Zhao, president of Longmarch Bowling Products, is launching two additional “Pioneers Leagues” to qualify Chinese bowlers for PBA membership. And more such leagues are on the drawing board.

Zhao, who created the first Pioneers League in China after meeting with PBA Commissioner Tom Clark and PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., said he is organizing a new Pioneers League at his 24-lane center in Shanghai followed by a third league in a recently built 26-lane center in Shenyang in northeast China. Both will start in late March. Zhao said he hopes China will soon have at least 30 players who meet PBA membership criteria, and then he’s hoping to bring some of those players to the United States to experience PBA competition first-hand.

GRAND HOTEL & CASINO TO SPONSOR PBA SOUTHWEST REGION HALL OF FAME

The Grand Hotel and Casino/Firelake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., has signed a sponsorship agreement with the PBA that includes a Southwest Region Hall of Fame display. The first members of the new hall of fame will be inducted during a special dinner in conjunction with the PBA Southwest Region Invitational over the September 6-8 weekend. Additional details are pending.

PBA REGIONAL ROUNDUP: JUREK WINS PBA50 CENTRAL REGION TITLE IN OHIO

Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., defeated Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., by 164 pins to win the PBA50 Victory Lanes Central Open presented by Brunswick at Victory Lanes in Galion, Ohio, on Sunday, March 9.

Jurek finished the 20-game contest with a 9-3 match play record and a total of 4,959 pins including match play bonus pins. The title was his first of 2014 and his 16th overall PBA Regional title. He also earned $1,600.

PBA50 competitor Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., and partner Scott Sullinger of Lavista, Neb., defeated 2013 PBA50 Tour Rookie of the Year Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., and Rick Miller of Lincoln, Neb., 525-489, to win the PBA Thunderbowl Over/Under 50 Doubles Midwest Classic on Sunday at Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

In a tournament pairing a player who is 50 or older with a player under the age of 50, Goebel and Sullinger climbed the stepladder from fourth to first, defeating Joel Carlson of Omaha, Neb., and Mike Snell of Plattsmouth, Neb., 501-428, and Dale Traber of Cedarburg, Wis., and Dave Dentlinger of Carroll, Iowa, 470-440, to advance to the championship match.

● Amateur Kristopher Prather of Milton, Fla., nipped Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 259-258, to win the PBA Pensacola South Open at New Liberty Lanes in Pensacola, Fla., Sunday. Prather, who won the inaugural event at New Liberty Lanes two years ago, earned $4,000 for the win, but he does not receive credit for a PBA title because he isn’t a member.

● On the March 14-16 regional calendar are the PBA50 Franklin South Open at Franklin Bowling Center in Franklin, Va.; the Trumbull County Visitors Bureau Central/East Open presented by DV8 at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio, and the one-day (Saturday, March 15) PBA50 Allstate Insurance Midwest Open presented by Brunswick at Plamor Lanes in Muscatine, Iowa.

The March 21-23 PBA Regional calendar includes the San Angelo Southwest Open presented by Ebonite at Stadium Lanes in San Angelo, Texas; the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Eastern Open in Elmira, N.Y.; the PBA50 Fayetteville Lanes South Open in Fayetteville, N.C.; the Caveman Bowl Northwest/West Open presented by DV8 in Grants Pass, Ore., and the PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by MOTIV in Virden, Ill.

Closing out the March schedule will be the PBA50 Boys and Girls Club Midwest/Central Open presented by Columbia 300 at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill., and the Bowlers Discount Eastern Open at Brunswick Zone Normandy in Ellicott City, Md.

For complete PBA Regional 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.

QUICK NOTES

The starting time for ESPN’s March 30 telecast of the PBA League semifinal showdown between L.A. X and the New York City WTT Kingpins has been changed to 5 p.m. ET (instead of 4:30 as originally scheduled). The telecast also has been changed from a two-hour telecast to 90 minutes.

Show your support for your favorite PBA League team. T-shirts for each of the eight 2014 PBA League teams are now available on pba.com. Click on the “shop” tab on the home page to visit the PBA Store.

● World Bowling (formerly the World Tenpin Bowling Association) has announced a couple of date changes for 2014 involving events that are part of the World Bowling Tour points competition. The Men’s World Bowling Championships have been moved to Dec. 4-15 in Abu Dhabi, UAE, because of a conflict with a Formula 1 race in Abu Dhabi. That change also calls for rescheduling the Qatar Open, 8th Kingdom International Open in Saudi Arabia, and the Abu Dhabi WBT. Dates will be announced later.

World Bowling also announced the Daejeon International Open in South Korea, also a WBT event, has been re-scheduled for Nov. 9-22.

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