15th World Youth Championships 2018

The Detroit Sports Commission (DSC) announced that Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Detroit, Michigan has been named the host venue for the 2018 World Bowling Youth Championships scheduled to take place July 26 to August 3. It will mark the first time the state of Michigan has welcomed a World Bowling championship event. The DSC was awarded the bid in 2014.

"We look forward to partnering with World Bowling and Thunderbowl Lanes to create an unparalleled experience for the participants," said Dave Beachnau, Detroit Sports Commission executive director. "Bringing the championships to the center adds to its long, storied history."

The biennial event is considered to be bowling's most prestigious event for young athletes. It will feature more than 300 bowlers, all under the age of 21, representing 40 different countries.

"Youth participation in bowling is very important to us," said Tom Strobl, Thunderbowl Lanes proprietor. "We currently sponsor four high school bowling teams and hosting the World Youth Championships is a continuation of our involvement at the youth level."

Thunderbowl features 90 lanes, making it the second largest bowling center in the United States. It is also home to the Greater Detroit Bowling Association Hall of Fame.

The 90-lane Brunswick Thunderbowl Lanes

"World Bowling is excited that our youth bowlers will have the opportunity to compete in America's heartland of bowling and experience this historic bowling center," said Kevin Dornberger, World Bowling CEO. "It's the perfect setting to host our premier youth tournament."

"Thunderbowl Lanes is a great host center and our volunteer base eagerly awaits to assist in making the event a rousing success," said Mark Martin, Metro Detroit USBC association manager.

Other host cities include 1992 Caracas, Venezuela; 1994 Monterrey, Mexico; 1996 Hong Kong, China; 1998 Incheon, South Korea; 2000 Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic; 2002 Pattaya, Thailand; 2004 Tamuning, Guam; 2006 Berlin, Germany; 2008 Orlando, Fla.; 2010 Helsinki, Finland, 2012 Bangkok, Thailand; 2014 Hong Kong, China and 2016 Lincoln, Nebraska.

About the Detroit Sports Commission: The Detroit Sports Commission was formed in 2001 to bring regional, national and international amateur sporting events to metro Detroit. The DSC is a not-for-profit charitable organization, IRS 501 (C)(3), and a subsidiary of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.

About Thunderbowl Lanes: Built in 1962, Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Michigan features 90 lanes, making it the second largest bowling alley in the United States. The center is also home to the Greater Detroit Bowling Association Hall of Fame.

15th World Youth Championships
c/o Thunderbowl Lanes
4200 Allen Road, Allen Park
Detroit, Michigan, USA 48101
Tel: (313) 928-6488
Email: 2018WYC@worldbowling.org and mikecallawaythunderbowl@gmail.com

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