Have you ever considered that going bowling with your friends or family can actually help other people? Bowling is the largest participatory sport in America, with millions of people bowling across the country each year. This popularity has made bowling facilities preferred destinations for charity and fundraising events with over a quarter of a billion dollars raised annually on the lanes.
Bowling centers are a great place to hold events because everything you need is under one roof – great atmosphere, food and accessible by anyone at any age!
Many large organizations use bowling events as a primary method of raising money for good causes. For example, Bowl for a Cure is a charity sponsored by USBC and the Susan G. Komen foundation for breast cancer research through grassroots bowling events across the country. In 2014, the organization raised over $1 million of funding towards finding a cure for breast cancer.
Other causes have had similar success through bowling. The Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL) has raised over $50 million since it was started in 1942 to help support military personnel in the U.S. The BVL now provides portable bowling lanes for the entertainment of more than 500 active duty units and activities for recuperating veterans across the country. And, through their latest program, “Care. Commit. Contribute.,” bowling centers across America are collecting change in special BVL donations cans stating, “Your Small Change can make a Big Change in a Veteran’s Life.” Visit brighteningveteranslives.com to learn more.
The simple and fun act of bowling has a lot more benefits beyond the enjoyment of the player, allowing organizations to raise funds for worthy causes through the ease and popularity of the sport. Consider bowling the next time you’re planning a charitable fundraiser.