“He was one of our youth bowlers for many years, at least five years where he went to some tournaments too. He did really well and he was a good kid,” said Susan Wall, of the Taber Bowling Centre. “We want to try and do this every November and make it a yearly thing. Any money we raise, we’ll put it towards Taber KidSport.”
While there may be a more structured tournament for kids depending on turnout, it will be a fairly open format for adults who may just want to bowl a couple of games or simply come in to donate.
“It will be a come-and-go format, where people can play as long as they want. For the kids we may set it up as a two-game tournament, where we’ve made a plaque at the bowling centre where it will be up year round,” said Wall. “Every year we’ll put a new name on there for the youth who has most pins above their average for the day they bowl.”
There will be no official registration fee for the charity tournament, just any amount of a donation a family is comfortable parting with for a good cause, as they bowl for however long that they wish. The tournament goes this Saturday at the Taber Bowling Centre from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. To participate in the youth tournament, organizers encourage kids to show up at 10 a.m., where anyone else who wants to bowl will be fit on lanes as the day goes along.
KidSport Canada and its various chapters have a mission statement of, “We believe that no kid should be left on the sidelines and all should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sports. KidSport provides support to children in order to remove financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport.”