Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Youth Education Services (YES) Fund Expands

The Youth Education Services (YES) Fund expanded its partner base as five recognized bowling industry organizations stepped forward to join the program dedicated to youth bowling.

Kegel, Luby Publishing, International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association (IBPSIA), Billiard and Bowling Institute of America (BBIA) and Bowlers Journal International are now official YES Fund partners after making significant contributions.

“I am extremely grateful to see these leaders in the bowling industry step 
forward in support of our future,” Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America 
(BPAA) Director of Youth, Chad Murphy said. “The YES Fund continues to be a way 
to unite all of bowling for the common goal of promoting youth involvement in 
the sport.”

When the YES Fund was created last year, an initial project was the development 
of a new mainstream sports model for bowlers 12 years old and younger. 
Preliminary pilot programs have received positive feedback and additional 
markets soon will have the opportunity to take part in the program. 

The YES Fund also has focused on providing assistance to high school bowling. In 
November, The YES Fund - High School Grant Program launched and will provide 
$2,500 to four high school programs annually. 

“All of the YES Fund projects are designed to keep young people engaged in 
bowling,” Murphy said. “The outstanding commitment from our partners makes this 
possible and we hope more companies and individuals will join the YES Fund on 
this journey.”

The YES Fund is a joint initiative of BPAA and the United States Bowling 
Congress. The YES Fund also is supported by its founding partners Brunswick, 
Columbia 300, Ebonite, 900 Global, Hammer, QubicaAMF, Roto Grip, Storm and