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Johnson & Ciminelli to Join Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo Coaching Team

U.S. Open champions Liz Johnson and Ryan Ciminelli have been added to the coaching staff for the 2017 Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo in Cleveland on July 11-13.

Johnson, a five-time U.S. Women’s Open champion, and Ciminelli, the 2015 U.S. Open winner, are part of an extensive list of coaches and presenters at the event, which will be hosted at Game of Wickliffe, in Wickliffe, Ohio.

“I’m really looking forward to being part of the Collegiate Expo this year,” said Johnson, a USBC Hall of Famer. “The experience I had bowling in college helped develop me into the bowler I am today. I hope to share that experience and knowledge with our students.”

Both Johnson and Ciminelli are from the Buffalo, N.Y. area, and bowled collegiately before seeing professional success. Johnson was both Rookie of the Year and Collegiate Bowler of the Year at Morehead State University, while Ciminelli was a two-time National Junior College Athletic Association All-American at Erie Community College.

“Liz and Ryan bring a tremendous amount of talent and energy to the Collegiate Expo,” said Lori Mraz, President of Turbo Bowling Accessories. “Their perspectives and insight into the sport are a welcome addition to the event.”

Johnson and Ciminelli will be part of an elite group of players, coaches and industry experts gathered for the 2017 Collegiate Expo. Students will receive two full days of on-lane and classroom instruction, and will test their skills in the 6-game Audition Tournament.

The Collegiate Expo isn’t just for student-athletes. The program also includes informative seminars for High School and Collegiate Coaches lead by many of the industry’s leading experts. Coaches will also be able to interact with parents and students directly as they gather important information essential to the recruiting process.

“There’s simply no other event quite like the Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo,” said Mraz. “Having witnessed it first hand for the past six years, the team of professionals and experts we have assembled have such a powerful impact on young bowlers and their families. It’s inspiring on all levels.”

The Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo will be held prior to the USBC Junior Gold Championships. Take advantage of Early Bird Registration before March 31st to SAVE $30.  Students should be enrolled in High School grades 10-12 for 2017-2018 school year, or be a 2017 graduate. A minimum entering average for boys of 190 and girls of 175 is suggested for greatest recruiting consideration.

Sponsors for Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo include: Bowlers Journal International, Bowlingball.com, Brunswick, Columbia 300, Dexter, DV8, Ebonite, Global 900, Hammer, International Art of Bowling, Kegel, KR Strikeforce, Logo Infusion, Motiv, OnTheBallBowling.com, PBA, Roto Grip, Storm, Track, Turbo, and the Metro Detroit USBC.

Bowlers Get Chance to Win Entry into Collegiate Expo VII

Registration is now OPEN for the second annual Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo Challenge.  The Collegiate Expo Challenge is an affordable opportunity for high school bowlers to compete and earn valuable SMART scholarships (Michigan residents-points) toward college.  In addition to scholarships, ALL participating students will have the opportunity to WIN a FREE ENTRY into the 2017 Collegiate Expo where they will work with some of the best professionals and coaches in the sport.  One Entry in each the Male and Female Divisions will be awarded, a $389 value.   The Collegiate Expo Challenge is made possible through the added support and contributions of the Frank Gavie Youth Committee which provides additional funding and support to youth programs throughout the state of Michigan.   Entries are limited to 102 bowlers. On-line registration can be found under the Collegiate Expo tab on our web site.

Turbo is committed to giving back to the sport of bowling through educational programs like the Collegiate Expo and Collegiate Expo Challenge. Our Challenge event welcomed 14 Alumni students that have participated in Collegiate Expo since 2011. Help us continue to pay it forward by visiting your local retailer and asking for Turbo brand accessories.

Turbo Announces Multi-Year Sponsorship Agreement with Kegel

Turbo has announced a multiyear contract extension of its sponsorship agreement with Kegel. The agreement will position Kegel as the title sponsor of the Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo Collegiate Coaches Dinner Reception through 2020.

“Turbo and Kegel have been great friends and allies for many years,” said Turbo President Lori Mraz. “We are delighted to solidify a long-term partnership agreement with Kegel.”

The Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo debuted in 2011, and has become one of the premier events for prospective collegiate bowlers and coaches. Growing in both size and scope in each successive year, the event will attract more than 200 bowlers, high school and collegiate coaches. This year’s Collegiate Expo is scheduled for July 11-13 at Game of Wickliffe in suburban Cleveland.

“The synergy between Kegel and Turbo is a perfect fit,” said Chris Chartrand, President and CEO of Kegel. “We’ve been strategically aligned with Turbo since our existence. Kegel is extremely focused on competitive bowling and our interests are very much aligned with Turbo’s.”

As with previous agreements between Turbo and Kegel, the partnership will incorporate a number of other elements. Turbo will provide product support to Webber International University, both men’s and women’s programs, and to special events hosted by Kegel Connection Pro Shops.

The sponsorship agreement will also see the Turbo Tech Training Facility in Chesterfield, MI become one of the first to install Kegel’s new Specto Bowling System. Specto was unveiled at International Bowl Expo in 2016, and will be utilized at Turbo Tech as a coaching tool to measure all phases on ball motion on the lane.

“Specto uses Lidar technology, which is the same technology used in self-driving vehicles,” said Chartrand. “Specto’s sensors are measuring a bowler’s delivery every six inches. So not only can we measure where the ball is from the foul line to the pin deck, but also how the ball is moving through the pins.”

Bowlers will be able to see their performance evaluation from up to 35 different types of information with precision accuracy from one single shot. Users can see their performance evaluation and focus on their weak points with online tips from our coaches.

“You can compare your speed, rev rate and accuracy against the top bowlers in the world,” said Chartrand. “With Turbo Tech installing the system, we’ll be able to bring more bowlers closer to our game through instruction and innovation.”

Mraz says that with this sponsorship, Turbo and Kegel will continue together to promote bowling as a competitive and lifetime sport.

“The positive collaboration between both organizations allowed us to be comfortable expanding our sponsorship,” said Mraz. “We share similar sentiments in regards to education, improvement, and a simple passion for the sport. Kegel’s presence is a true asset to the Collegiate Expo.”

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