“SLICE OF AMERICANA” – SARAH PALIN HAILS GROWTH AND RESURGENCE OF BOWLING INDUSTRY AT 2010 INTERNATIONAL BOWL EXPO
Serves as Keynote Speaker at Premier Bowling Industry Event, Calls
Attention to Entrepreneurial Spirit and Innovation that Has Enabled Bowling to
LAS VEGAS – June 30, 2010 – Standing
before a crowd of several thousand bowling industry leaders from across the
world, former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin gave
a rousing keynote address at the 2010 International Bowl Expo. Highlighting the impact of bowling as the
nation’s number one participatory sport and a thriving industry, Palin brought
the crowd to its feet during her 45 minute speech. Additionally, Palin spoke to the important
role played by bowling proprietors as business owners and community leaders, as
well as the vital presence of bowling centers as social hubs in communities
across the nation.
has an honored place in our culture and is interwoven with our sense of
community in our country. Go to any town
or city and you will find bowling – it is truly a slice of Americana,” said
Palin. “Bowling has been able to evolve,
innovate and capitalize on changes in culture to keep alive and flourish. Through
the entrepreneurial spirit of its proprietors, bowling has seen a new
resurgence and has never been more popular.”
her keynote speech, Palin spoke of the societal influence of bowling that spans
generations of American life. Professing
a personal appreciation for the bowling industry, Palin also noted that, during
his high school years, her father Chuck Heath Sr. worked as a pin boy and that
she herself has fond childhood memories of watching him play in this Thursday
night bowling league.
as a mother and aunt to children born with disabilities, Palin took special
note of the bowling industry’s support of the Special Olympics and thanked the
proprietors in attendance for providing a healthy, positive environment to
children with special needs.
her speech, Palin joined Steve Johnson, executive director of the Bowling
Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA), and a number of pioneering female
bowling executives and athletes in delivering a historic announcement of a new,
revitalized Bowling’s U.S. Women’s Open in 2011.
Palin’s comments about the impact of bowling ring true, no matter where you
stand on the political spectrum. Bowling
is a sport that knows no political or social boundaries – it is the embodiment
of the American spirit and a healthy, fun and inclusive activity that brings
together people from all walks of life,” said Johnson. “Today Sarah Palin said that bowling helps
make our country a better place and we couldn’t agree with her more.”
The International Bowl Expo 2010 was held
from June 27 to July 1 at the Las Vegas Hilton and Las Vegas Convention Center. Ms. Palin's keynote speech took place during
the general session on the morning of June 30 at the Las Vegas Hilton.
About Sarah Palin
Palin first made history on December 4, 2006 when she was sworn in as the first
female governor of Alaska. In August 2008, Senator John McCain tapped Palin to
serve as his vice-presidential running mate in his presidential campaign,
making her the first woman to run on the Republican Party's presidential
In Alaska, her top priorities included fiscal restraint, limiting the size of
government, resource development, education, equitable oil valuation as well as
transportation and infrastructure development. Palin fought for ethics reform
and transparency in government.
has a long record of achievement and experience in public office. Prior to her
election as Governor, Palin served two terms on the Wasilla City Council and
two terms as the mayor of Wasilla. During her tenure, she reduced property tax
levels while increasing services and made Wasilla a business-friendly
environment, drawing in new industry.
Under her leadership as Governor, Alaska invested $5 billion in state savings,
overhauled education funding and protected Alaska's natural resources. She
created Alaska's Petroleum Systems Integrity Office to provide oversight and
maintenance of oil and gas equipment, facilities and infrastructure and the
Climate Change Subcabinet to prepare a climate change strategy for Alaska.
Governor Palin's first year in office, three of her administrations major
proposed pieces of legislation passed included an overhaul of the state's
ethics laws, a competitive process to construct a natural gas pipeline and a
restructuring of Alaska's oil valuation formula.
Palin is past chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, a
multistate government agency that promotes the conservation and efficient
recovery of domestic oil and natural gas resources while protecting health,
safety and the environment. She also served as chair of the National Governors
Association (NGA) Natural Resources Committee, which was charged with pursuing
legislation to ensure state needs are considered as federal policy is
formulated in the areas of agriculture, energy, environmental protection and
natural resource management.
Sarah Heath Palin arrived in Alaska with her family in 1964, when her parents
came to teach school in Skagway. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in
Communications-Journalism from the University of Idaho in 1987.
She is married to Todd Palin, who is a lifelong Alaskan, worked as a production
operator on the North Slope and is a four-time champion of the Iron Dog, the
world's longest snow machine race. They have five children. She is the author
of Going Rogue: An American Life,
which was released in November, 2009.
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