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Choptank Bowling Center wins $100,000 extreme bowling center makeover at International Bowl Expo

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Once-in-a-Lifetime Prize to Go Towards Complete Physical and Operational Overhaul of Cambridge, Maryland-Based Center


LAS VEGAS – June 27, 2013 – It pays to attend the 2013 International Bowl Expo (IBE) – literally! The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA), the bowling industry's premier trade organization, today announced that Choptank Bowling Center in Cambridge, Maryland has won a once-in-a-lifetime $100,000 prize to upgrade their facility. Through the “Extreme Bowling Center Makeover,” which was only open to bowling proprietors who attended the IBE this week in Las Vegas, NV, Choptank is set to receive a physical bowling center makeover as well as an operations and training overhaul.


As part of the prize, Choptank will also receive a complimentary review of center performance from BPAA personnel, which includes an analysis of programs and services at the bowling center, and education on center operations, web services, training, and other BPAA-provided offerings. Additionally, Choptank Co-owners John and Monica Russell will have the opportunity to attend upcoming sessions at Management School at Bowling University with two full tuition waivers (valued at $2,998), complete access to Bowling University’s online training catalog ($3,100), website hosting and unlimited updates for one year ($780), and a multi-day operations review performed by an industry expert ($3,600).


“We’re so pleased to provide this once-in-a-lifetime prize to Choptank, a great center that is already in the middle of a much needed renovation. During a time of tremendous advancement and innovation within bowling, Choptank and the Cambridge community will reap the benefits of the latest the industry has to offer,” said Steve Johnson, executive director of BPAA. “While it’s a unique opportunity to invest $100,000 in enhancing a center, there are many individual improvements that proprietors can make to step up their game. By capturing the renovation of Choptank on film, we’ll provide owners everywhere with tips and solutions to help them take their center to the next level.”

For interested bowling proprietors, the transformation of Choptank will be captured and shared via updates on the BPAA website and social media channels.


“Choptank was first built in 1962 and this prize will allow us to continue upgrading the center and making some incredible improvements,” said John Russell, co-owner of Choptank Bowling Center.


Added co-owner and wife Monica Russell, “We’re so excited to have re-opened this center to Cambridge and to provide a fun, wholesome environment for families and all members of the community to enjoy. If it wasn’t for BPAA, we would have never had this opportunity to help our center realize its potential.”


As the new co-owners of Choptank Bowling Center, this was the Russell’s first trip to International Bowl Expo.



About the BPAA

The Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA) was founded in 1932. Headquartered in Arlington, TX at the International Bowling Campus, the BPAA provides it’s more than 4,000 member centers with group purchasing programs, business and educational seminars, legislative representation and proactively promotes the association and bowling industry. The BPAA’s mission is to enhance the profitability of its member centers and raise the profile of bowling, America’s top-ranked participatory sport. For additional information please visit or call 1-800-343-1329.


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