Date Posted: May 18th, 2020
New York State USBC youth tournament bowlers and their parents will be happy to know that scholarship awards are coming their way in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic that dealt a severe blow to the bowling industry.
In a joint statement issued today, Tom Solimine Sr., NYS Youth Team manager, and Nelson Chase, NYS Youth Pepsi manager, announced that more than $30,000 in scholarships will be distributed to bowlers who participated in their respective tournaments at the regional level.
“While we were all disappointed that the finals of both tournaments were cancelled, we are pleased to report that bowlers at the regionals will be receiving scholarships for the 2019-20 season,” they said. “Hopefully, we will be able to resume normal activities next season.”
Solimine and Chase thanked the young bowlers, parents and grandparents for supporting the NYS USBC events, and advised that scholarship awards will show up in the entrants’ SMART account over the next several weeks.
In the NYS Youth Team Tournament, the 70 teams that qualified for the finals will each receive $100, with each member getting $25.
In the NYS Youth Pepsi (Singles) Tournament, five regional competitions took place, and five were cancelled due to the coronavirus.
Bowlers in regions that did not compete (Regions 1, 3, 8, 9, 10) previously received refunds from the NYS USBC office.
In the regions where competition did occur (Regions 2, 4, 5, 6, 7), the decision was made to give a $250 scholarship for first place and $150 for second place in all divisions. That total comes to $23,700.