Norwalk School Board is considering making bowling a varsity sport at Norwalk High School. I would encourage the board members, Rob Ludwig, Janet Broz, John Lendrum, Mike Grose and Scott Truxell to vote for this measure.
Per United States Bowling Congress, 60 to 90 percent of students who participate in high school bowling do not compete in any other sports. Many studies have shown that students who participate in extracurricular activities are much more likely to attain higher grades and they have lower drop-out rates than students who do not participate in any extracurricular activities.
Bowling has no age, size, strength or gender limitations. This means we could offer students at Norwalk High a varsity sport that every student could potentially participate in. We could target a population of the students that can’t compete in the sports that we now offer at the high school.
This sport has a minimal start-up expense. There are no facility maintenance costs or equipment expenses. We have our local bowling alley, Kenilee Lanes, which would act as our home alley.
Dr. Babcanec, Norwalk City Schools Superintendent, has reservations because the Northern Ohio League does not recognize bowling as a varsity sport, but Norwalk High School supports four varsity teams that are not recognized by the Northern Ohio League — boys’ swimming, Girls’ and Boys’ soccer and Girls’ golf. I think this trend makes Norwalk High School a leader in the opportunities it gives its students and should not be an argument to not bring more varsity sports to our school.
Finally, there are many collegiate scholarships available to varsity high school bowlers. In 2007, the first national high school championships were televised on ESPN. The high school bowlers competed for $10,000 in college scholarships.
Let’s reach out to our students who not currently involved in a varsity sport at NHS and give them a chance to proudly represent their school.