The Professional Bowlers Association has announced the Detroit area will host the inaugural World Series of Bowling (WSOB), a revolutionary festival of world-class bowling, begins Aug. 2and runs through Sept. 6.

With $2 million in prize money and seven ESPN telecasts planned as part of the WSOB, the event will focus the attention of the bowling world on the Detroit area unlike any previous event in bowling history. After kicking off the program with the Motor City Open at Taylor Lanes in Taylor, the WSOB will shift to at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Parkfor the duration. A complete schedule of events is available at a new dedicated website.

"For decades, Detroit has been the hub of bowling in the United States. It has produced dozens of hall of fame players and has contributed significantly to the history of our sport at all levels. For those reasons, it only made sense to bring the new World Series of Bowling to the community that has given so much to the sport," said Tom Clark, Deputy Commissioner of the PBA. "Nothing like the World Series of Bowling has ever been done before. Over a span of five weeks, the PBA will bring the world's best bowlers to the Detroit area to serve as a catalyst for economic impact and a rally point for the communities and businesses."

The PBA has selected Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit as its official charity partner for the World Series of Bowling. Goodwill Industries is the only organization solely dedicated to helping unemployed Metro Detroiters overcome barriers and find jobs.


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