Youth are the Future of the Sport.
Your dues help to develop, support, educate, and protect youth bowlers – the future of the sport.
Bowling gives youth opportunities unlike any other sport. Youth learn teamwork and camaraderie, a true lifelong skill, and never sit on the bench.
Youth bowling can offset higher education costs.
The USBC manages the Scholarship Management and Account Reporting for Tenpins (SMART). USBC offers millions of dollars in scholarship money to help young bowlers get a jump start on their dreams. More than $6 million in scholarship money is offered each season by bowling associations and councils, certified tournaments and proprietors throughout the United States.
SMART, which stands for Scholarship Management and Account Reporting for Tenpins, is a program that began operation in 1994 as a service offering the bowling community a centralized location to manage bowling scholarship funds as well as providing USBC members with a resource for inquiries about bowling scholarships. In 2010, the SMART Bowling Scholarship Funding Corporation was created as an independent entity dedicated to the management, protection and promotion of the SMART scholarship funds. SMART oversees bowling organizations’ scholarship funds for individuals who have earned scholarships.
Locally, the Madison Area USBC provides direct scholarships of $8 thousand to youth bowlers based on academic performance, volunteerism, and bowling performance. Another $4.5 thousand was distributed via tournaments.
It is extremely important in today’s world that all volunteers who work with USBC Youth programs understand that USBC is facing the same challenge every youth sports and social organization in America is facing: protecting our youth. To protect our youth, the USBC has created a Registered Volunteer Program to assure parents that bowling is doing everything it can to provide a safe haven for youth. As a leader in the world of youth sports, USBC has created a model we hope all other youth sports organizations will equal or exceed.