Youth Bowling = College Scholarships

Parents here is a question for you…

What recreational sport can your child participate in and have an opportunity to accumulate scholarships for college?

Blake Buffaloe - $420 Scholarship Winner

Blake Buffaloe – $420 Scholarship Winner

While some of parents drive their kids towards the big sports (football, basketball, baseball or golf) with the hopes that they will excel and help with the cost of college through a sports scholarship, the fact is that only about 7% of high school athletes actually move on to play a varsity sport in college.  Even a smaller percentage earn any scholarships for the sport they play and only 2% of high school athletes participate at the NCAA Division 1 Level!

Discouraging? – YES!  BUT, what if your kid(s) could begin earning scholarships as soon as they begin to bowl.  We are talking about kids as young as 3 and 4 years old earning a few bucks to help with the cost of college.

At Buffaloe Lanes Bowling Centers and in bowling centers across the country this is possible!  For the 10th consecutive year, Buffaloe Lanes held its Youth Bowling Championship with $4,000 of scholarships up for grabs.  In just 10 years, the Buffaloe Lanes Centers have funded $40,000 in scholarships to kids of all ages. (2015 Youth Championship Results)

Bowling is a sport that kids can participate in and enjoy for a lifetime!

So instead of trying to train your 5 year old to be the next Tiger Woods, LeBron James or Tom Brady, why not get them on the lanes and start banking some scholarships for college.  Who knows…your child might be the next Sean Rash, Norm Duke or Tommy Jones!

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Youth Bowling is Alive & Well at Buffaloe Lanes

Those uttering the words, “bowling is a dying sport” haven’t seen the growing trend of youth bowling especially at the Buffaloe Lanes Bowling Centers.

The first tournaments of the season for the Buffaloe Lanes Junior Gold Program saw a total of 65 youth bowlers competing for spots to go to the Junior Gold Championships in Indianapolis this July.  

Kids as young as 8 year old, Kaitlyn Stull were competing in the U12 division which was eventually won by Kory Currin.  While the U15 & U20 boys and girls floored at total of 37 and 21 bowlers respectively.


Congratulations on winning a spot to the Junior Gold Championships!

After 5 games of qualifying and 3 more games after the cut, Kori Smith (girl) and Nick Cenzoprano (boy) walked away victorious.  Several other bowlers in the boys & girls tournament secured their spots for the Junior Gold Championships and these are:

  • (Girls) – Kendall Bigley, Emma Stull, Isabell Hughes and Kaylee Bass.
  • (Boys) – Blake Buffaloe, Brian Levine and Bryan McLeod.
  • Complete Results

All 65 bowlers in the tournament gave it their best and are looking forward to hitting the lanes for more practice as they prepare for their next tournament which will be in January and will be a 2 day “Premier Event”.

Buffaloe Lanes Bowling Centers are always welcoming new kids to the sport of bowling and have lots of programs to help get them to the next level.  Take the first step in the future of the sport by getting your child involved today and visiting us on the web:

#BuffaloeSelfie – Join Us on Instagram

Let Me Take a Selfie….

Buffaloe Lanes wants to see you doing your thing on the lanes and there is no better way to share your fun with us then to put it on Instagram!

Best part is that if you put a selfie on Instagram from any of the Buffaloe Lanes locations, you could be entered into a contest to win some great prizes.  There are a few things that you have to remember to participate:

  1. Posted between September 14th and October 18th .
  2. Only pictures posted to Instagram will be included in the contest.
  3. Any picture posted must include @buffaloelanes and #buffaloeselfie.
  4. Pictures must be taken inside a Buffaloe Lanes bowling center.
  5. Have fun and try to make the picture interesting.
  6. Photos must be posted as public so they show up on the #buffaloeselfie feed.
  7. Buffaloe Lanes staff are not eligible to win prizes.

So grab your friends, family or a random stranger and take a selfie today!

Click here for complete contest rules & information!

A Great Event & Benefit of Bowling at Buffaloe Lanes

Late Saturday evening the 12th Annual Buffaloe Lanes Team Championship Tournament wrapped up with “Typical Sam” from Buffaloe Lanes Cary taking home the trophy and a check for $5,000.Champions_poster

But this tournament is about so much more than just the $20,000 prize fund.  The annual tournament sponsored by the owners of Buffaloe Lanes is a league bowler benefit for bowling at one of the Buffaloe Lanes Centers.  Every league bowler has an opportunity to win a free entry into the tournament or they can purchase an at-large entry.

This season’s tournament was the first for members from the newest Buffaloe Lanes location in Mebane, NC.  Buffaloe Lanes Mebane had a good showing with 8 teams participating in the tournament and they look forward to many more teams joining in the fun next year.

More than 100 teams (5-person) bowled over the two-day tournament with hopes of taking home a portion of the prize fund.  But outside of the tournament prize fund there were lots of other opportunities to win cash & prizes.

Excitement is an understatement….

Terry Lewis rolled a single strike worth $600 in the Skins Game, which is played after the last squad bowls and while the final results are being calculated.  10 bowlers are selected and each at least has a chance at $100!

While the competition is intense…

the spirit of the tournament is FUN and EXCITING!

The staff works hard putting this tournament together each year and in the end it is all worth it.  Not only do the bowlers have a weekend of food, fun and friendly competition but, the Buffaloe Lanes family and staff takes this opportunity to show their appreciation to the league bowlers for choosing Buffaloe Lanes as their home for bowling!

Everyone is already looking forward to the 2014-2015 Buffaloe Lanes league bowling season and the 13th Annual Buffaloe Lanes Team Championship Tournament next year at Buffaloe Lanes North.

Father’s Day Fun at Buffaloe Lanes Bowling Centers

Father’s Day is just around the corner, so make plans now with Dad to spend some quality time together. At Buffaloe Lanes Family Bowling Centers we have an opportunity and an affordable way for you to take dad bowling.

Dad Bowls FREE on Father’s Day!

Bring Dad in on Father’s Day (June 15th) and He bowls FREE (Shoe Rental Included).  In honor of Father’s Day, All Buffaloe Lanes Centers are inviting Dad to Bowl for FREE!

Bowling is a great way for the entire family to have some FUN with Dad this Father’s Day.

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Youth Bowling at Buffaloe Lanes Family Bowling Centers

After two days of competition at two different Buffaloe Lanes Bowling Centers, one boy and one girl each won a $250 scholarship!  Also a single day tournament for youth bowlers in the U12 division (under 12 years of age) produced another $250 scholarship winner!

How about that kind of a return on a tournament entry fee?  But wait there is more… In both the boys and girls tournaments, Buffaloe Lanes Family Bowling Centers qualified two bowlers each and will pay their entry fee to the National Junior Gold Tournament!

Yes, this might sound like an infomercial for the Buffaloe Lanes Youth Bowling Programs, but it is nothing more than the facts.  There are not many, if any, other youth sports that can give kids this kind of an opportunity to learn, compete and have fun all year long.  This weekend’s tournament was actually part of the Buffaloe Lanes Jr. Gold Program which opens the door for youth bowlers to improve their game with the help from top level coaches, plus compete for scholarships and spots to the National Junior Gold Tournament every year.  BUT…

For those that are just getting started and having fun on Saturday mornings with their friends in the youth league, there is also scholarship money up for grabs.

Buffaloe Lanes North has one of the largest youth bowling programs in the country and Saturday morning was the last day of the season.  Time for some fun, food, trophies and scholarships to be awarded in the tune of around $6,500!  These scholarships ranged in amounts from $25 – $350 depending on age and awards won during the season ending scholarship tournament (FREE – bowled during the last week of league competition).

With so many opportunities for kids in the sport of bowling, why aren’t more kids bowling?  Is bowling just not cool enough? … Maybe it’s because the other major sports are out in front of everyone all the time and since they make the biggest noise and draw the most attention, parents guide their kids to the recreational soccer, football, basketball and baseball leagues instead of letting kids try their skills at bowling.  Only as parents find out more about the scholarship opportunities the sport of bowling offers, will more kids get involved in what is a life-long sport.


Kids Bowling… The Future is NOW!

As I sit at Buffaloe Lanes North on a Saturday morning and watch the 120 plus kids come in with their bowling balls, bags and shoes, I see the future of this great sport right before my eyes.

So many centers across the country are focused on open play, cosmic bowling and even adult leagues BUT, they forget to look towards tomorrow.  Yes, there are fewer and fewer traditional bowling centers left but each of these centers must work that much harder to make bowling for kids more attractive.

Bowling may not be as glamorous as some other major sports like baseball, football, basketball, soccer…etc and that might be why kids are drawn to these other sports.  Or is it?

While bowling is more visible in today’s pop culture with stars and athletes sharing Tweets, Facebook posts and posting pictures all over the internet, it still is not as mainstream as the big sports.  Just the other day, there was a McDonald’s commercial on and right before the end of the commercial was a short video clip of some people bowling and having a great time.

Buffaloe Lanes Family Bowling Centers know the future of bowling is NOW
and continues working on building their youth pr2013_Jr_Gold_Team_Posterograms year after year by making it “cool” to be a good youth bowler.  About 5 years ago, Buffaloe Lanes started their own Junior Gold program based off of the USBC national program.  These bowlers are rewarded for their hard work and excelling at the sport. Bowlers receive extra practice with top-level coaches on tough oil patterns, exclusive tournaments to qualify them for the national tournament and the Cody_McDanielrecognition of their achievement with a shirt and their picture on a 2 foot by 3 foot poster hanging in each of the centers.  They also have a chance to purchase individual pictures for family and friends. Their family and friends all over the world can also watch them compete in tournaments at the Buffaloe Lanes Centers “Live” via YouTube.

These young bowlers have opportunities to win scholarship money through their Buffaloe Lanes youth leagues as well as other local, state and national tournaments.  So many of the younger bowlers now have a goal and dream to shoot for as they practice their skills so they can wear the shirt and have their picture and name on the wall at the center.  The Buffaloe Lanes Junior Gold Program continues to make bowling “COOL” for the kids and provides the recognition that both kids and parents love.  Today these young kids are the filling the lanes of the Buffaloe Lanes Family Bowling Centers and with the coaching, recognition and support from the staff, parents and friends, these kids will be the “Future” of bowling.