Bowler Spotlight

TNBA/HBCU’s 2nd Annual Invitational Tournament

The 2nd Annual TNBA/HBCU Invitational tournament is just around the corner. TNBA/HBCU Invitational tournament is designed to support our collegiate Bowling Program and enhance our membership by recruiting collegiate women to TNBA. The tournament will be held March 6-8, 2020 at Fun Bowl, in Forest Park, GA.

This tournament uses a scratch scoring system. Five-player teams will participate in a three-day competition that includes the qualifying round matches and multiple rounds of playoff matches. Competition will consist of five matches, Day 1 & 2 for total pins. Day 3 will be a step-ladder format best 4 of 7 baker games.

We are anticipating 15 teams for this year’s tournament. Last year’s tournament was a blast and we are expecting the same high level of spirited competition that we experienced last year. Live streaming will also be available!

Hotel, banquet and bowling center information:

  • Clarion Hotel 1419 Virginia Avenue College Park, GA 30337 (404) 400-5900 (After the recording: dial 0 for reservations) Room rate is $92.00 inclusive of 15% tax. Credit card for room payment only. Vehicle parking is $6.00 per day. Deadline for room rate is Feb 26th.
  • Saturday night banquet meal cost is $15.00. Dressy attire for all. Banquet will be held at the Clarion Hotel.
  • Fun Bowl – 4839 Jonesboro Road Forest Park, GA 30297 (404) 366-2810.

If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Keith R. Bridgeforth
TNBA Collegiate Program Director
bridgekr@aol.com
(651) 261-9365

DBS RECOGNIZES ONE OF THEIR YOUTH:  “WE ARE SO PROUD!!”

Isabel Ping graduated from Smoky Hill High School in 2019 and is a very confident, independent, and mature young lady. She has demonstrated that she is reliable and responsible as she prepares for the next phase of her life and is pursuing a career in Nursing. She has a sincere passion to care for and help others.

Isabel has been a member of the Denver Bowling Senate Junior Bowling Program for three years and possesses a competent leadership ability and a very strong talent for bowling. She is very competitive and strives to compete with the best. Isabel participated in the TNBA Western Regional Junior Tournament in 2018 and 2019 and performed very well. Isabel bowled a high game of 245 and won multiple individual awards as well as several team and individual championships, including the 2018 – 2019 Queens / Duchess / Princess tournament for women where she placed 3rd in the Duchess division. She also recently bowled an 878 (300, 278, 300) in a Thanksgiving 9-pin No-Tap fundraising tournament for the DBS Jrs. program.

Isabel is the 2018 – 2019 Greater Denver USBC Honor Team member for Girls High Average (190).

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TNBA YOUTH WEEKEND CELEBRATES 10TH YEAR AT ITRC

Article by USBC’s Director of Communications, Terry Bigham found on Bowl.com.

For the 10th consecutive year, The National Bowling Association Youth Weekend is taking place at the International Training and Research Center, providing eight student-athletes with the opportunity to train under the watchful eyes of Team USA coaches.

Over the course of the three-day event, which started Thursday, players receive on-lane training and drills along with classroom sessions from the ITRC staff. Participants also have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers and tour the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame.

Kaia Gray of Chicago bowls in TNBA and United States Bowling Congress events and said to see the organizations work together on the program for youth bowlers is amazing. She had previously visited the ITRC and learned about the state-of-the-art bowling technology used during training sessions.

“When I heard about this opportunity to train under (Team USA head coach) Rod Ross, it was just a phenomenal opportunity,” said Gray, who will bowl at Jackson State starting in the fall. “They told us they would work on the weak part of our game. I really hope they help me with that because I want to be more consistent with my shots.”

When the Junior Gold Championships were held in the Dallas area in 2018, Adam Atkins of New Orleans visited the ITRC and had the chance to bowl on Sport patterns. He was excited for the opportunity to return as part of the TNBA Youth Weekend.

“It has Specto and all kinds of technology that really help you out with your game,” said Atkins, who is starting his senior year of high school. “It’s a good experience. So few have the opportunity to come here. What I’m going to do with the information I learn, we have a lot of young kids back in our program and I’m going to help them out.”

He also works at a pro shop and wants to learn more about bowling balls.

“I just want to learn more about drilling, ball motion, cores,” Atkins said.

Other participants in the TNBA Youth Weekend are Savanna Razor, Jailyn Rogers, Jordan Shipp, Alex Horton, Nykolas Walker, and Purley Williams.

Veronica Green, the TNBA National Youth Program Director, plus coaches Donald Armstead and Charles Horton also are part of this weekend’s program.

Barbara Armstead, as the TNBA Youth Weekend Project Coordinator, oversees the program.

“I am so happy to say this is our 10th year – 10 years of working with this wonderful program,” Armstead said.

Armstead sent out applications to TNBA youth members, between the ages of 16-19, at the start of the year. As part of the application process, players are asked to submit a video, showing their bowling style from different angles, along with a resume of accomplishments.

She said they look for the top players – those participating in competitive events throughout the season – and pointed out that one of last year’s TNBA Youth Weekend attendees captured a national title this summer.

“We had a group of phenomenal players and one of them, Patricia Rosales, just won the U20 Junior Gold Championships,” Armstead said of the2018 group. “She is a talented individual and she will credit some of her accomplishments to her trip here. It was a wonderful experience for her and for us.”

 

TNBA Junior Program Sweepstakes Fundraiser

For the second year, the TNBA Junior Program sponsored the FundCrazr Sweepstakes Fundraiser. The proceeds from this fundraiser benefits the TNBA Junior Program and helps with the funding of the TNBA Anthony J. Roberts Championship Roll-Off, the Youth Council, the TNBA/USBC Training Initiative and the overall operation of the Junior Program.  Winners for the first 4 weeks are:

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This is a Fund Raising opportunity with sweepstakes cards containing three randomly selected football teams per week for five-weeks with $400 paid out each week in prizes:

1st place $200
2nd place $100
3rd place $60
Lowest score $40
In the event of a TIE, prize money would be combined and then split between the participants.
The 3-team combinations will change weekly. No two tickets will have the same set of teams for any given week.
Ticket Example for One Week:

Teams Points
Dallas Cowboys 33
SF 49er’s 30
Pittsburgh Steelers 42
Total Points: 105

If 105 is the highest 3-team sweepstakes entry, this entry would be the highest 3-team total winner for that week! The 2nd and 3rd place winners are the ticket holders with the 3 teams that score the 2nd and 3rd most number of points during that same week. Lowest scoring tickets also win a prize! The lowest place winner is the ticket holder with the 3 teams that score the lowest number of points! The outcome of the game (who wins or loses) has no bearing on the sweepstakes results. Prizes are paid out weekly.

Need help in getting your youth bowlers to the Regional Junior tournaments? This fundraiser could work for you! Every Senate, person or league that sells at least 50 tickets would be eligible to receive a $2 rebate on every ticket sold. Sell 100 tickets, get a rebate of $200. Sell 250 tickets, get a $500 rebate. This is a Win-Win for everyone.

Las Vegas Ari Wilson Captured Professional Bowling Association (PBA)Western Regional Title

Bowling in the recent Western Regional Member Non-Member doubles tournament held in South Point Bowling Plaza, Ari Wilson along with his doubles partner Zack Hattori won the Western Regional Doubles Title. This feat has only been accomplished by a handful of amateur bowlers.

Ari started bowling at an early age of 4 years. He moved from Chicago to Las Vegas six years ago. Ari has gotten tremendous support from his Sponsor/Mentor Harvey Johnson. Ari is currently a staff of Ebonite Bowling International (EBI). He throws a very powerful high revolution ball using both hands. At the age of twenty-five, he has thrown sixty-nine 300 games and forty-two 800 series. Ari’s highest book average is 232. Some of his other accomplishments are: Placing 2nd in the 2014 Pepsi Times Classic; 1st in the 2014 Post Tribune tournament; 1st in the 2014 Chicago Bowlers Alliance Doubles; 1st in 2014 TNBA National Men’s team and 2nd In 2015 PBA Regional in Lynwood, IL.

Congratulation to him on his first Professional Bowling Association title. Keep up the great bowling.

Danny Mack
TNBA Staff writer

11-19

Eastern Field Rep Robert Danzy Jr:  “In the Pocket.”

TNBA’s Eastern Field Representative Robert Danzy Jr. gave a refreshing background on the history and structure of TNBA when he was featured in the Thursday 9/19/19 issue of The Daily Gazette located in Schenectady/Albany NY.
In this article, The Daily Gazette said that “ Robert Danzy Jr. is aggressively — and passionately — promoting an old bowling sanctioning body that might not be too familiar to many local keglers.

The 43-year-old lefty from Albany is the new president of The National Bowling Association’s (TNBA) Albany Senate. The Albany High grad and UAlbany product is busy trying to get the word out about his organization, which has been around for 80 years.

The TNBA is another sanctioning body that is similar to the USBC,” Danzy said. “It’s actually been in existence since 1939. It came about when African-Americans and other races couldn’t be members of the USBC [then the ABC] or bowl in their leagues.”
For that reason, the TNBA membership has been dominated by minorities looking for an opportunity to bowl. But now, Danzy is reaching out to all bowlers of every race, religion and gender, and his organization is growing quickly, especially locally.”

TNBA’s Vice President, Dr. Michael Boykins points out that it was “really nice work by our newest Eastern Field Representative” Read the entire article from The Daily Gazette at dailygazette.com.

 

 

2019 Promotional Video: Join TNBA

TNBA’s Tournament Journey, where you step up your game; the best of the best

 

Bowling is one of the unique sports that allow youth to earn scholarship monies. TNBA has a youth program that provides an all expense paid trip to bowl in our Junior Roll-off Tournament during TNBA Week.

 

TNBA is another piece of African American epic. It’s a story of challenge, a story of courage, a story of vision, a story of determination and a story of triumph.

 

 

Bowling is the number 1 participation sport in the USA. It’s a sport where you can participate from the time you are a tot until you are over 100 years old.

 

Why do you Bowl? For the fun? For the money? For the love of the game? We bowl for the Sportsmanship, for the Fellowship and for the Friendship.

05/01/2019

2019 Promotional Video: 2019 – The TNBA Story

TNBA has produced this short video documentary about our organization highlighting various aspects or specific programs of our organization. This video was created to be another tool used to educate others about our organization, it’s history and what it is that uniquely sets us apart from other bowling organizations.

05/01/2019

 

Only 10 Years Old, Kai Strothers makes HISTORY in NEW JERSEY..

Kai, a 5th grade student, a member of the Metropolitan Bowling Senate of New Jersey and a member of the Jersey Lanes Junior Bowling League located in Linden, New Jersey bowled a PERFECT 300 GAME to become the YOUNGEST Bowler in the State of New Jersey to accomplish this great feat. He is also the 2nd youngest in the Country to do so. He had games of 226 – 245 and 300 for a total series of 771.

Kai Strothers comes from a family of bowlers; his grandfather was an avid bowler, his parents bowl and he even has some competition with his uncle has scored two perfect games. He started going to bowling alleys with his mother at the age of two and has been with the Junior League since he was four years old. His mom, Sharonda Strothers told News12NewJersey “He eats, sleeps and drinks bowling.” However, she stressed that Kai’s obsession does not come at the expense of his school work. “He’s talented and gifted and we always remind him to just stay humble and grateful.”

When he is not doing school work, he is on his phone playing a “bowling” game. It’s what he loves. Nicknamed “Popcorn” because while bowling exceptionally well during a tournament
he was snacking on popcorn, and it was said the secret was in the popcorn. Now whenever he bowls, it’s always asked does he have his popcorn??

Metropolitan Bowling Senate is extremely excited and glad to know that we are part of “The Village” behind him. Kai’s achievement will be acknowledged by the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education at its February meeting.

 

Addendum:  After this original article was submitted, Kai Strothers was highlighted as a guest on the Jimmy Kimmel Show (01/30/19).  “While watching the Jimmel Kimmel Live Show, I noticed that Kai Strothers was to be interviewed.  I decided to tape it for our TNBA Bowlers.” R. McDaniel.

 

See more about this outstanding achievement during his interviews with News12, ABC and CBS News.

 

Submitted by
JP Bridges, Metropolitan Senate, President

Las Vegas: The 2019 United Bowling Congress Team USA Trials.

We have several TNBA Juniors bowling this year’s Team USA Trials. We are very proud of our Juniors and our outstanding Junior Programs. We have been watching our young bowlers grow from tiny tots using two hands to bowl, to who are now in college or has graduated from college becoming outstanding young men and women. They are now throwing bowling balls up to eighteen miles per hour with very high rev rates. Morgan and Mason Moore are brothers who started bowling at the age of 3. Morgan and Mason are students at Midland University in Fremont Nebraska. Following their Dad’s footsteps, they are majoring in Criminal Justice. Mark Morgan has worked for 31 years in the Criminal Justice System. I could write a book on their Accomplishments Morgan and Mason book averages are 235 and 232 respectively. They are both certified I.B.P.S.IA. hands on Pro. Shop trained professional. Their coach is former Hammer Staff member and our own Denver Senate member Shawn Lee.
Gazmine Mason nick name “GG” is also bowling 2019 Team USA. We have been following this youth bowler for several years. Gazmine has graduated from the University of Nebraska. She has a degrees in Business with a minor in Computer Science. Her parents are George and Danielle Mason. Gazmine. GG started her own company, named after her nickname, Got Game, LLC. In 2017 Gazmine started the group Black Girls Can Bowl 2, #BGCB2. These are just a few of the things she has done since graduation.
She has competed in Team USA Trials since 2014, received two National Gold Medals including Singles and All Event. She the only African American to win multiple gold medals .Her goal is to become to bowling what Michael Jordan is to Basketball, Tiger Wood is to Golf and Serena Williams is to tennis.

Danny Mack, Las Vegas Senate
TNBA Staff Writer

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TNBA’s 2018 King and Queen visits our Regional Tournaments across the USA!

Nov 16-18: Southern Regional Tournament in San Antonio, TX

TNBA’s 2018 King and Queen visits our Southern Regional Tournament in San Antonio, TX. Eastern Regional Tournament in Rochester, NY.

 

TNBA’s 2018 King and Queen visits our Eastern Regional Tournament in Rochester, N

Nov 9-11: Eastern Regional Tournament in Rochester, NY

TNBA’s 2018 King and Queen visits our Eastern Regional Tournament in Rochester, NY. Enjoying the activities the host city planned for their visit and hanging out and fellowshipping with their “subjects” kept them busy throughout the weekend.  The next stop for the King & Queen will be the Southern Regional Tournament in San Antonio Texas.

 

Nov 2-4:  Western Regional Tournament in Las Vegas, NV

King Duane and Queen Nikki kicked off thier November tour of TNBA’s regional tournaments by visiting the Western Regional Tournament in Las Vegas Nevada. In between sight seeing with King Rob, Queen Jan and King & Queen Director Shirley Sanders and hanging out with Queen Freda and Queen Gwen Amie, the King & Queen had a very busy, fun filled weekend.  The next stop for the King & Queen will be the Eastern Regional Tournament in Rochester New York.

 

 

Oct. 1, TNBA’s Kings & Queens United wraps up their 2018 Annual  Kings & Queens Retreat

This year’s Kings & Queens United’s annual retreat was held in the Inland Empire (Moreno Valley, CA) and hosted by Queen Emma Lawson (2005 Queen from San Diego) with assistance from King Ron Hatcher (2000 King, Los Angeles) and King William “Will I Am” Vivian (2013 King from Los Angeles).  The busy weekend included trips to Warner Bros Studios and Universal Studios CityWalk in Burbank, CA, a trip up to Griffith Observatory (by the Hollywood sign), a trip to Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains, dining experiences at Bubba Gumps and Flamingo Palms Cuban Café, and afternoon lunch get togethers at King Rob and Queen Jan’s home and at Shirley and King George’s home.  A great time was had by all as shown in the videos below.

King & Queen Retreat 2018 – Thurs Get Together

2018  King & Queen Retreat hosted by Queen Emma Lawson and assisted by King Ron Hatcher & King Will.I.Am Vivian.  The Thursday night Get Together

 

King & Queen Retreat 2018 – Friday Warner Bros Studio Tour

Friday Warner Bros Studio Tour; 1st stop on our 3-stop adventure.

 

King & Queen Retreat 2018 – Friday Universal Studios Citywalk and Griffith Observatory

Friday 2nd stop Universal Studios Citywalk & 3rd Stop Griffith Observatory

King & Queen Retreat 2018 – Saturday, lake Arrowhead

Saturday, a trip up the San Bernardino Mountains to Lake Arrowhead

 

King & Queen Retreat 2018 – Sunday Goodbyes

Saturday dinner at Flamingo Palms Cuban Café, a casual Sunday afternoon at King George’s house and it was time to say our goodbyes

“Special thanks to Queen Emma Lawson for planning a great retreat.  I had the opportunity to go places I had never been and most all spend some fun times with Royalty. ”  Queen Gwen Amie.

 

Bobby Richardson

Bobby Ray Richardson, Sr. was Mr.  Ambassador for The National Bowling Association on the Local, Regional and National level. His love for TNBA was only surpassed by his unique fundraising abilities.

He had a passion for youth bowlers and was the Fundraising Chair Person for Western Regional Senates Committee. His fund-raising effort allows the committee to award scholarships to our TNBA Junior Bowlers.

Bobby’s dedication, perseverance, persistence, and hard work for TNBA, earned him many accolades and prestige awards.

In 1995 was the winner of the Joe Blue achievement award and later was given a life membership in the National Bowling Association.

Bobby was enshrined into the National Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 2010 and made his last walk on May 29, 2018.  His passion and heart was for the Junior Bowlers. In 1993 he co-founded of the Battle of the Sexes Scholarship Tournament which have raise over $350,000 in scholarship funds.

Bobby, we love you and you will truly be missed.  No one will be able to fill those gigantic shoes on the Local, Regional and National levels of TNBA.

On Thursday, August 2, 2018, Bobby earned his golden wings. He had requested that in lieu sending flowers to please make a donation to TNBA’s Junior Program & Scholarship Program.  TNBA has set up a Go Fund Me account for those who wish to make a donation.  100% of all donations will go to JP&SP.

 

GO FUND ME – Bobby Richardson

 

 

TNBA National Director of Tournaments,

Luther Moses 2015 TNBA Hall of Fame Inductee

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Luther Accepting TNBA’s Hall of Fame Award

Luther Moses was the recipient of the ‘2015 Hall of Fame’ award, during the TNBA ‘76th Annual Convention’ and TNBA Week festivities in Las Vegas, Nevada. The TNBA festivities also included the ‘74th Championship Tournament, held May 21 – 31, 2015; of which Luther serves as the National Director of Tournaments; a role he has held for the past seven years.

A capacity-filled banquet hall, which included members of Luther’s family, and past and present National Tournament Staff, witnessed him receiving the award for Meritorious Service; an award given that he so richly deserved.

Luther, who is also a TNBA Life Member, was honored for Meritorious Service; based on a 43 year history with TNBA, serving in multiple roles for the organization. His passion for bowling led him to join TNBA in 1972; after returning to California following an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force; where wanted to become more involved with the organization, not just as a bowler. In 1978, a United States Postal Service promotion led Luther to relocate to Denver, Colorado where he actively became involved with the Denver Bowling Senate; serving as its President for twelve years. As a result of his professionalism, service and dedication to TNBA and over the span of 25 years; Luther has served as TNBA Budget Director (2 years), Assistant Western Region Tournament Director (3 years), appointed as acting, then Western Region Tournament Director (18 years); Western Region Rhodman Tournament Director (3 years); then ultimately appointed as TNBA National Director of Tournaments.

Luther surrounded by fellow HOF recipients

Luther surrounded by fellow HOF recipients

Other TNBA accolades include: Board Member of JP & SP (1989), where he served as Vice-Chairman and formed the now Century Club; donating the first $100.00 out of his own pocket; a philanthropic gesture he has continuously donated since 1989, to date. Luther has served as Chairman of TNBA Finance Committee; Chaplin; Parliamentarian, headquarters relocation committee; Cabinet Advisory Committees, Site Regional Inspection Committee and a Southern Regional Tournament staff member.

Luther’s bowling accomplishments include two ‘300’ game awards, ‘299’ game award (twice) and a career high series of 776. He is also proud of a current book average of ‘206’.

Personal accomplishments include his wife and one daughter; a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity; member of California State University Alumni Association; a faithful member of Kings Baptist Church; Blacks in Government (BIG); Denver Strikers-Strikettes Bowling Club; National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) and National Association of Postmasters of the United States (NAPUS). Three years ago, Luther retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 42 years.

The National Bowling Association, Inc., joins the Western Region Senate’s Committee in recognizing Luther Moses as the 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee, for Meritorious Service. He has taken his rightful place alongside his fellow recipients and colleagues.

CONGRATULATIONS LUTHER!! [posted 7/6/2015]

 

 

Lieutenant Commander Robyn White

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Lieutenant Commander Robyn White

TNBA member Robyn White recently celebrated her promotion to Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy.   US Navy Lieutenant Commander positions are significant because they are the first commissioned officer positions that are selected by special selection boards.  Lcdr White began her tour of duty in December, 2005 where she serves as a Nurse Corps Officer.  She has served in Kuwait for Operation Enduring Freedom and also has toured on humanitarian missions with the USN Hospital Ship Comfort (T-AH-20) to help victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.  She is currently studying at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (Bethesda, MD) for her Doctorate in Nursing.  Her dad, Robert Reynolds, is also a TNBA member and bowls with the Las Vegas Bowling Senate.  Good sailing, Lieutenant Commander White, job well done!!

[posted 6/5/2015]

TNBA Members Join Hammer Staff

Hammer has been a corporate sponsor to TNBA for over 5 years.  Over the years, they have become a true, dedicated member of the TNBA family. This year they have added a new sponsorship element to this relationship. Bugsy Kelly of Ebonite International/Hammer has developed a new program that rewards TNBA members (one from each of the four regions) with a one year “Hammer Amateur Staff Contract.” These four members will be provided with hammer equipment and invited to hammer events. They will promote the Hammer and TNBA brands.

Cierra-Watts-w2Congratulations go out to Ron Holt (Eastern), Charles Zelaya (Western), Cieara Watts (Southern) and Michele Irwin (Central). Names of deserving candidates from across the country were submitted to Team Hammer by TNBA leaders for consideration. From that list, these bowlers were chosen by Hammer based on their support and dedication to TNBA, image amongst their peers and bowling ability.

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Ron-Holt-w3All companies in the bowling industry have professional bowlers on staff to help promote their company’s products, especially bowling balls. Hammer utilizes a combination of professionals and amateurs on their staff. They have discovered that high averaged amateurs that compete in many tournaments are very effective in showing the public the quality and efficiency of their products.

Michele-w2Please join TNBA in congratulating Ron, Charles, Cieara and Michele. They join fellow TNBA members Novella Daniel and Ron Simms Jr. on the Hammer staff. We thank Hammer for offering this opportunity.

Send in your yearbook ads and high scores for the 2016 issue of “TNBA’s 2015 Yearbook Journal” to  Rob McDaniel.  Ads and high scores should be submitted by February 15, 2016.  Submit high scores for both adult and junior bowlers.  Ad and high score forms may be found on the Yearbook page.