Collegiate Expo has become THE place for college coaches to scout talent. The event also provides a chance for high school bowlers to explore scholarship opportunities and a chance to learn from the best bowlers and instructors in the industry.
Game of Wickliffe in Wickliffe, Ohio played host from July 11-13, as nearly 200 students from 32 states, Mexico and Finland participated in the educational and competitive gathering. The event also welcomed more than 40 Collegiate coaches, the most ever to attend the Collegiate Expo.
“We can’t say enough how awesome it is to host an event like this for youth bowlers, parents and coaches,” said Lori Mraz, President of Turbo Bowling Accessories. “They inspire and invigorate us each summer with their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn about the sport.”
Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo provided both students and coaches with training from more than a dozen of the best coaches in the industry. Instructors consisted of PBA and PWBA champions, as well as USBC Silver and Gold Certified coaches. The event has also been embraced by industry experts as a showcase to provide technical information regarding their products.
“We come together once a year representing so many great brands, often time competing brands, for one primary cause, building future generations of bowlers,” said Mraz. “We’re proud of them all for taking time from their busy schedules to share their gifts and talents with the next generation of bowling super stars.”
The first two days involved instruction, both on-lane and in classroom settings. Day three put student’s knowledge to the test in the annual Turbo Tech Audition Tournament, sponsored by Logo Infusion. The event concluded with an Open House that provided students, parents and coaches to meet and discuss college bowling programs and opportunities for scholarships.
The winners of the Audition Tournament were Paige Boyd of Lebanon, PA, and Parker Wilson of Pineville, NC (pictured above at center). Both Boyd and Wilson were awarded $350 SMART scholarships for their wins, and special awards from On The Ball Bowling.
Another big winner during the Collegiate Expo was Turbo’s charitable honoree, Ballard vs. The Big ‘C’ (BVBC). The group is led by PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Del Ballard, and Collegiate Expo Event Director Carolyn Dorin-Ballard.
To support the cause, a photo booth was sponsored by Columbia300, with Ebonite International staff members Jason Couch and Shannon Pluhowsky posing with nearly 200 attendees. Over $800 was raised for Ballard vs. The Big ‘C’ to continue research in cancer treatment.
“Del and Carolyn have been long time friends of Turbo for nearly two decades,” said Mraz. “It means a lot to our company and our family to give back and support to their cause.”
Mraz says that preparations are already underway for the 2018 edition. Dates have not been finalized, but Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo VIII will be held prior to the Junior Gold Championships in Dallas.
“We’ve received so many kind words and are very thankful to have the opportunity to give back to bowling in such a meaningful way,” she said. “The Collegiate Expo demonstrates our commitment to the sport and the growth of our industry.”
Sponsors for Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo VII included Ace Mitchell Bowlers Mart, Bowling Business Builders, BowlFit, Bowlers Journal International, BowlingBall.com, Brunswick, Columbia 300, Dexter, DV8, Ebonite, 900 Global, Hammer, iabowling.com, Kegel, KR Strikeforce, Logo Infusion, Motiv, On the Ball Bowling, PBA, Roto Grip, Storm, Track, Metro Detroit USBC, and Game of Wickliffe.