National Bowling Week Begins

If a game of bowling doesn't already strike you as fun, now may be the time to give it a try.


National Bowling Week gets underway tomorrow.


Bowling alleys around the country are offering contests, clinics, and other events aimed at promoting the sport.


If you do bowl, you're in good company.


"In 2007, 67 million people over the age of six bowled," said former pro bowler Ken Yokobosky. "It's the number one participatory sport in the United States."


At Rab's Country Lanes in Dongan Hills, Staten Island Friday morning many kicked off the week with a few frames.


"It's good sports! Good exercise, good sports!" said 86-year-old bowler Julius Oppenheim.


Next Saturday, the alley will stay open for 24 hours, to join a national effort to set a world record for most games bowled in a single day.


"Somebody's going to say that they can bowl at 4:00 in the morning, 5:00, 6:00 in the morning, something they've never done before," said Frank Wilkinson, owner of Rab's.


Some say bowling is unique since you can have fun whether you're an expert, or even if you're game is in the gutter.


"I think it's something that anybody can do and if you're not good at it, it's almost just as much fun as being good at it," said Rab's Country Lanes manager Nazareth Laursen. "I just think it just has universal appeal."


"I don't know many other sports where you can go and play with your grandparents," said Yokobosky. "You'll see people of all ages able to play in the same arena and have a friendly game. You can't really go play football with your grandmother and grandfather, but you can come bowling."


Yokobosky says the sport's future is bright.


"High school and college bowling are huge, so with bowling's popularity with the younger folks, I think you are going to see a lot less bowling centers closing, you may even see some new ones opening up," said Yokobosky.


National Bowling Week runs though August 30th. For more information on the week's events, visit www.gobowling.com.


For general information on the sport, visit bpaa.com.

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