Henry County Youth Bowl Their Way to College
PARIS, Tenn. - Bowling might be for fun, but for the Youth League in Henry County, it is for their future.
The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) awards scholarship money to talented bowlers. The money won goes into a 'smart fund' that the athletes can access in college.
"The fund will help with everything from books to tuition anything that has to do with education," said one bowler's mother, Susan Pfeifer.
The Henry County youth league of about 30 members has earned thousands of dollars for their college education. One of their bowlers is nationally ranked Meagan Banks.
"When I'm older, I'd like to pursue a career in the medical field, so it helps out. I'm bowling, having fun and raising money for school all at the same time," she said.
Banks has earned close to $1,000 for college. She hopes to attend Vanderbilt University.
Meagan said the opportunity to raise money for college through bowling has encouraged people who might have otherwise not considered the sport. "It's so nice to see the younger kids bowling with me talk about what they wanna be when they grow up," she said.
Meagan's mother said she is grateful her daughter has bowling in her life.
"We just let [Meagan] know we are so proud of her and her achievements and as long as she has a great time doing this, we will continue to do this," she said.
Meagan said she thinks bowling will always be a part of her life.
"This is my second family. It's somewhere I can come every weekend and have people to talk with and have something in common with. It's just so nice and I'm so thankful."
For Jackson residents looking to get involved in a youth league, contact Virginia Singleton at (731) 267-0559. The Jackson league practices Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. at the Jackson Bowling Center.