Bowling and art go hand in hand during Holiday Pin Art Decorating Contest sponsored by Rim Country Lanes.
Kevin Erickson, manager, said the contest is part of a national competition sponsored by the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America and the Bowling Foundation. The grand prize winner receives a $5,000 scholarship. Competitors are encouraged to tap into their creativity either by drawing, painting, etching or carving. The pin decorating contest begins Dec. 18 until judging kicks off Jan. 2, 2007.
"It benefits Bowl for Kids' Sake," Erickson said. "They will auction the pins off which helps create more funds for the program."
Bowl for Kids' Sake is a nationwide fund-raising program hosted by the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor organization. The money also benefits the Bowling Foundation, which also encourages youth participation in bowling.
The sport of bowling has made a comeback over the past several years. According to the Bowling Foundation, 70 million people are involved in the sport, children younger than 17 account for an additional 24 million bowlers.
The Holiday Pin Art Decorating Contest is also designed to draw attention to the sport of bowling.
Erickson said bowling's a great alternative for children and teens who don't participate in traditional high school sports. It's also a healthy and affordable after-school activity. Rim Country Lanes offers $5 youth rates, including shoes and balls, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m Monday through Friday. A junior league meets at 3 p.m. Wednesdays.
Erickson said inexperienced players are welcome to attend because he provides the direction.
"I instruct them on bowling etiquette, sportsmanship and the skills of the game," Erickson said.
And as participation increases, Rim Country Lanes will take the youth league to a higher level.
"The goal is to motivate kids in the game of bowling," he said. "What we'd like to do is take the top five bowlers and challenge other centers and possibly get involved in competition."
Local scholarships are available and contest pins are $5 each. People of all ages are invited to enter.
For more information about Rim Country Lanes visit www.rimcountrylanes.com; details about the pin decorating contest are available at www.bowlingfoundation.org.