Westchester Youth Program
Westchester County Bowling Associations have been supporting youth bowling for over 40 years. Prior to 2006, the Westchester Men’s, Women’s and Junior Associations, staffed with numerous individual volunteers as well as bowling proprietors, have developed bowling programs throughout the county to enable our youth to participate in the sport of bowling. Their enthusiasm has also led our local youth bowlers to participate in NY State tournaments. In 2006, when the individual associations merged into the single Westchester County USBCA, we continued our commitment to our youth.
Our programs coach our youth in the sport of bowling, encourage them to participate in the many competitive tournaments held at the local and state level, teach them the many aspects of good sportsmanship and the importance of respecting others, allow them to build friendships and team building skills, enable them to feel a sense of pride in their bowling accomplishments, and provide them with the opportunity to win monetary scholarships that could be used to fund their future education.
These programs include:
- Saturday morning youth leagues sponsored by the individual bowling centers, that include coaching for all ages and skill levels
- Westchester County Junior Bowling Tour – a series of tournaments for youth of all ages
- Westchester County USBC Annual Scholarship Tournament sponsored by our Proprietors, with $7,000 added money in scholarships
- Westchester County USBC Junior Championship Tournament – annual county tournament
- Westchester County USBC Adult/Junior Tournament – annual County tournament
- NY State Tournaments – Team, Adult/Junior and Pepsi
Through support from our Westchester County USBCA, corporate sponsors, personal donations, entry fees and fund raising events, we were able to award $8,500 in total scholarships last year. These funds are then available after the youth graduates high school to be used towards college or trade school tuition. At the New York State level, there was almost $100,000 in scholarships awarded over their 3 sponsored tournaments, plus an additional $20,000 awarded to ten graduating high school seniors.
Champions are honored at the end of each season at an awards luncheon.
We encourage you to consider involving your child in a youth program by contacting your local bowling center (see the bowling center page of our website) or contact our association office (see contact us page of our website). The season starts in September and ends in April, but you can start at any time.