National Bowling Day: America Bowls Free On August 11, 2012 Thousands of Bowling Centers Across the U.S. Open Their Doors to the Public to Bowl For Free; Redeemable Coupon Available at GoBowling.com

ARLINGTON, Texas, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Thousands of bowling centers across the United States are joining together to roll out the first-ever National Bowling Day on Saturday, August 11. On National Bowling Day, America will bowl for free – anyone and everyone can go to GoBowling.com to access a free game coupon and find participating centers closest to them.  The coupon can also be accessed by "liking" the GoBowling Facebook page.  Select centers will also host special events that include activities for all ages, quick and easy league sign-up, free coaching clinics and other fun events.

"For the first time ever, the bowling industry has come together to create a single day to celebrate this great American past time.  The beauty of bowling is that there are no barriers.  People of all ages and from all walks of life can play, compete and have fun – and everyone is invited to bowl for free on Saturday, August 11," said Steve Johnson, Executive Director of the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA).

Added Johnson, "The creation of the National Bowling Day holiday speaks to the increased solidarity across our industry, which has helped propel a tremendous resurgence for bowling."

Over the past five years, bowling has seen steady growth and is currently ranked the nation's number one participatory sport with more than 71 million people taking to the lanes every year.  The resurgence has been fueled by heightened participation among women and youth, the emergence of a new breed of family entertainment centers with increased amenities, and greater collaboration across the industry.

For more information about National Bowling Day and to find a center near you, please visit www.gobowling.com.

About the BPAA

The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA), founded in 1932, serves as the voice of the bowling industry.  Headquartered in Arlington, Texas at the International Bowling Campus, the BPAA provides it's more than 4,000 member centers with group purchasing programs, business and educational seminars, legislative representation and proactively promotes the association and bowling industry.  The BPAA's mission is to enhance the profitability of its member centers and raise the profile of bowling, America's top-ranked participatory sport.  For additional information please visit www.bpaa.com or call 1-800-343-1329.

SOURCE Bowling Proprietors' Association of America



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