“It is hard to believe that we’ve wrapped up our eighth Collegiate Expo,” said Turbo President Lori Mraz on July 11. “Our team works hard all year long getting ready and listening to the feedback from our students, parents, and college representatives to ensure a meaningful and rewarding event, and this one here in Texas will certainly be remembered as a very special year. “
The 8th Annual TurboTech Collegiate Expo was held at AMF Cityview Lanes in Fort Worth, Texas July 8 – 11, just days prior to the USBC Junior Gold Tournament held in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. It attracted 163 student athletes from 32 states including students from Aruba, Finland and Mexico. 35 colleges participated and offered information on their academic and bowling programs along with the scholarships available for students.
The primary purpose of Collegiate Expo is to give young bowlers and their parents a chance to meet and talk with college coaches about the possibility of bowling at the college level after high school graduation. An Audition Tournament was held on the final day of the event where students wear different colored jerseys by grade level so the college coaches can easily identify their eligibility status.
Logo Infusion, one of more than a dozen industry sponsors, presented the tournament and added an additional $500 in scholarship awards this year. This year’s winners were Melanie Katen San Jose, California in the girls division, and Roberto Perez in the boys division. Perez attended Expo after winning his spot in the Copa Mexico event sponsored by Turbo partner QubicaAMF Mexico.
Another major attraction for students and parents is the chance to meet and learn from some of the best bowlers and coaches in the world, members of the Turbo Coaching Staff. This year’s line-up included Del and Carolyn Ballard, Lindsay Boomershine, Tom Carter, Jason Couch, Anne Marie Duggan, Paul Fleming, Rob Gotchall, Liz Johnson, Tim Mack, Billy Murphy, Randy Pedersen, Shannon Pluhowsky, J R Raymond, Chris Sand, Mike Shady, Jordan Vanover, Del Warren along featured presenters r. Dean Hinitz, Chuck Gardner, Brad Hagen, Susie Minshew, Gary Sparks and Randy Stoughton.
A few of them conducted special seminars. Coach Brad Hagen of Sam Houston State University presented a new seminar that was very well received entitled ‘Reality Check: Are you ready for College Team Competition?’ Coach Del Warren’s ‘Mastering Transition’ was popular with students, and Coach Gary Sparks continued to help parents and students navigate the world of college bowling by explaining NCAA, NAIA, and USBC Collegiate Programs.
“Every year, Turbo Collegiate Expo seems to find new ways to innovate its message and mission,” said Hagen. “It was a great honor being a part of this event. It elevates an experience unlike any other and gives students valuable exposure which is not only meaningful and everlasting, but defines their futures.”
Another new presentation was made by USBC Gold Coach Susie Minshew, called ‘Coaching Ability’. It was aimed at giving the college coaches in attendance unique coaching tools to help their students learn more clearly and quickly. The always popular Sports Psychologist Dr. Dean Hinitz shared his insights into the mental game once again, and offered a special “Wake Up” segment that got everyone’s attention. Kegel Coach Randy Stoughton presented his ‘Venus v. Mars’ segment with tips on preparing male and female athletes for bowling completion.
Collegiate Expo VIII also strives to support bowling charities. This year, student jerseys were adorned with the logo of the Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL), and raised $800 through the sale of event photos with all proceeds benefiting BVL. Turbo will match that amount to make a $1600 contribution later this year.
“It has been a privilege to work alongside some of the best technicians and professionals in the sport,” said Mraz. “It is a very rewarding experience for everyone who is passionate about our sport.”
TurboTech Collegiate Expo IX is scheduled to be held next summer in Detroit On-line Registration will be available in December.
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