By John Schild, Culver-Stockton (Mo.) Sports Information Director
CANTON, Mo. - Culver-Stockton Athletic Director Greg McVey announced today that beginning in fall 2014, the college will add one of the fastest growing sports in the country to its lineup of varsity intercollegiate teams - men's and women's bowling. The addition of bowling brings the number of intercollegiate programs offered at Culver-Stockton to 18.
“Intercollegiate bowling is gaining momentum throughout the country," said McVey. "We recognize the interest and increased participation in bowling and feel that this program is a natural addition to our athletic offerings.
An emerging sport in the NAIA, more than 3,500 student-athletes on 200 college and university intercollegiate bowling teams compete in over 80 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Collegiate certified tournaments each year. The USBC cites 19 states that sponsor high school bowling at the varsity level, with an additional 30 states sponsoring it at the club level.
USBC Collegiate oversees and conducts the xbowling Intercollegiate Team and Singles Championships. The country's top 80 men's and top 64 women's collegiate teams compete in regional events for the right to advance to the annual ITC, a nationally-televised tournament. Individual championships are crowned at the annual ISC. USBC Collegiate also works with the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association to determine All-Americans and Academic Recognition, Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors.
Culver-Stockton will immediately begin a search for a head coach of the program in preparation for the 2014 season. The intercollegiate bowling season runs from October through February followed by postseason competition.
More information on collegiate bowling can be found on the USBC Web site at http://www.bowl.com/.