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Openings remain for church bowling league

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Pastor Jeff Bridgewater rolls a couple of frames on Wednesday.

Times Sports Editor

If you are looking for a fun, and family friendly way to spend your upcoming Tuesday nights, Brazilian Lanes has got you covered.

Beginning Aug. 26, the bowling alley begins its annual church bowling league, which still has several remaining openings for teams.

The league was organized five years ago by Bee Ridge Congregational Church pastor, Jeff Bridgewater and is a bit unique compared to many other leagues.

Perhaps the most important aspect of the league is that all proceeds gathered by the league are donated to charity at the conclusion of the season. Over the past two years, the league has collected more than $3,000 that has gone to groups such as House of Hope and the Crisis Pregnancy Center.

Bridgewater mentioned that the league's focus is more towards having fun than concentrating on the competitive aspect. There are also numerous giveaways each league night with Brazilian Lanes providing free bowling passes and both Pizza Hut and Maurizio's giving away pizzas as well. Bridgewater also emphasized that the league is family friendly in that it is a non-smoking atmosphere with no alcohol.

The unsanctioned league also includes contemporary Christian music during league play.

There are still four spots remaining in the 16-team league and fees are $10 per person per night with that money going to various charities throughout the area. The league is open to bowlers of all skill levels. There will be two, 16-week sessions with a four week break during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Any groups interested in joining the league can contact Bridgewater at 812-241-3036.

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