Time is Running out to Submit Applications for the Second High School Tournament
SPARTANBURG, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 20, 2007--The nomination process is underway and the excitement is building for the 2008 Denny's All-American High School Championships. For the second year in a row, this premier event will showcase the nation's top varsity high school bowlers while promoting the future growth of the sport. All nomination and application forms must be postmarked by Jan. 21, 2008.
Under the rules for the 2008 Denny's All-American High School Championships, Denny's, the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) will select one female senior and one male senior from each state that recognizes bowling as a varsity sport and is a member of a high school varsity bowling team. The total field will be made up of 19 girls and 17 boys from around the country. Updates to this year's application include a minimum GPA (grade point average) requirement of 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale).
"We received an overwhelmingly positive response to the 2007 Denny's All-American High School Championships," said Debbie Atkins, Denny's Director of Public Relations. "In 2008, with greater student participation anticipated among the nation's most talented young bowlers, we expect the event to be even better than before."
"Last year's Denny's All-American High School Championships was a great success and we look forward to teaming with Denny's and the USBC for another exciting event," said Fred Schreyer, PBA Commissioner and CEO. "Bowling is the fastest growing high school sport and we are pleased to team up with these organizations to give high school bowlers another avenue to show off their talents."
To be considered eligible for the Denny's All-American High School Championships, senior male and female bowlers are required to submit a formal application and meet certain academic and other criteria. A completed application form must accompany any nomination form. Students also may nominate themselves by simply completing and submitting an application form with appropriate supporting information.
"This unprecedented high school tournament is a wonderful opportunity for young bowlers to gain the recognition they deserve for their hard work and dedication to their sport," said Director of USBC High School and Collegiate, Jeanne Klescewski.
For details regarding eligibility, along with application and nomination forms, please visit www.pba.com or go to the high school section at www.bowl.com, and click "Denny's Tournament" to download the 2008 DAAHSC official forms and details. A national selection committee will make the final determination on all student participants.
The 2008 tournament will coincide with the 65th Denny's U.S. Open set for March 29 and 30, 2008 in North Brunswick, N.J. Immediately following the conclusion of the Denny's U.S. Open, the high school finalists will take to the lanes for the chance to compete on a PBA oil pattern for $10,000 in scholarships and in an arena setting before more than 2,000 spectators. The high school finals will be broadcast on ESPN on April 6.
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About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) features the best bowlers in the world competing in National, Regional and Senior Tour events. PBA membership reached an all-time high of 4,300 members during the 2005-06 Denny's PBA Tour season. Also in 2005-06 - the Tour's first with a title sponsor - ratings on PBA telecasts increased 12.5 percent among males ages 18-34. PBA sponsors include Ace Hardware, Bayer, Brunswick, Columbia 300, Denny's, Discover(R) Card, Etonic, GEICO, H&R Block, Motel 6, Pepsi-Cola and the USBC, among others. For more information on the PBA, log on to www.pba.com.
About the USBC
The United States Bowling Congress High School program actively offers guidance to all levels of high school bowling by providing rules, instructional opportunities, awards and industry resources to ensure the success of high school bowling nationwide. USBC High School is a resource for school administrators, high school state athletic associations, state proprietor associations and industry member organizations in the creation and maintenance of high school bowling programs. USBC officially launched Jan. 1, 2005, as an organization serving nearly three million adult and youth bowlers in the United States. It resulted from the merger of the American Bowling Congress, Women's International Bowling Congress, Young American Bowling Alliance and USA Bowling. For more information, visit www.bowl.com.