Clarke College Athletic Director Curt Long announced today that beginning in fall 2010, the college will add one 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 Clarke to 16.
"Intercollegiate bowling is gaining momentum throughout the country," said Long. "We recognize the interest and increased participation in bowling and feel that this program is a natural addition to our athletic offerings." Long said that as an NAIA-sanctioned sport, Clarke will offer athletic talent awards for the sport.
More than 2,700 student-athletes on 180 college and university intercollegiate bowling teams compete in over 80 USBC Collegiate certified tournaments each year. Bowling's national governing body, the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), cites 19 states that sponsor high school bowling at the varsity level with an additional 30 states sponsoring it at the club level.
Clarke will immediately begin a search for a head coach of the program, who will start in January in preparation for the 2010 season. The intercollegiate bowling season runs from October through February followed by postseason competition.
Prospective students interested in learning more about participation in the program can request more information by completing a bowling program questionnaire at http://www.clarkecrusaders.com/. More information on collegiate bowling can be found on the USBC Web site at http://www.bowl.com/.
For more information, contact the Clarke College Sports Information Office at (563)588-6360.