Big Brothers/Sisters to be bowled over at events

By Geoff Lee

February 2, 2016 11:51 AM

Jacqueline Weed, Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake coordinator, says Wii bowling will he held at three elementary schools starting Feb. 8. Schools and students will raise money in support of this year's Bowl for Kids fundraiser April 8.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lloydminster is holding a barbecue in the snow Wednesday a week before their annual Wii bowling events for student kicks off.
The BBQ will be held at the charity’s location at 4301- 49 Ave. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Burgers and drinks will be available to everyone by a donation.
As that’s going on, Wii bowlers from three local schools are gearing up for a lunch hour of virtual bowling fun in February.
The fun Wii event for elementary school students supports the 2016 Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser on April 8.
“We’ve been doing this for about five years,” said Jacqueline Weed, Bowl for Kids Sake coordinator.
“It gives the schools and the kids a chance to support Bowl for Kids.
“It’s kind of their reward for raising money,” said Weed.
Last year’s Wii bowlers helped their schools raise $2,400 with a similar goal set for this year.
Big Brothers Big Sisters will bring their six sets of donated Wii games and TV monitors to the schools.
Wii bowlers swing a handheld controller in a similar motion to rolling a real bowling bowl with strikes and spares revealed on screen.
Virtual bowling will play out starting Feb. 8 at 11:45 a.m. at Jack Kemp School, the venue for this year’s Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser.
The Wii bowlers don’t keep score though.
“It’s just for fun,” said Weed.
The computer bowling game will then shift to Winston Churchill School Feb. 22 at 11:45 a.m. and College Park School Feb. 29 starting at 12:10 p.m.
Weed noted it’s up to the schools to determine what grades get to play, but she added those who take part have a lot of fun with it over lunchtime.
“A lot of them have it at home,” she said. “They are used to it.”
Bowl for Kids Sake continues to take shape with 15 confirmed sponsors as of this week.
The event will take place at the Jack Kemp gymnasium using plastic pins and bowls in lieu of a bowling alley.
The event raises as much as $40,000 a year for children’s programing.
Border Bowl closed its doors in Lloydminster just after the 2015 Bowl for Kids, leaving no place to bowl for real this year.
Event packages have been sent to businesses for corporate sponsorships or to register teams for the charity cause.
The first of many teams has registered and many more are coming.
“Usually we don’t get many in January and then February and March when it gets closer, we start to get the teams,” said Weed.

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