The sport of bowling has come quite a long way since its formal inception back in 1895. The popular pastime has enjoyed continuing resurgence, with nationwide tournaments even receiving full-time coverage on sporting networks and the like. The sport has taken a bold step in raising its visibility today after the Bowling Proprietors Association of America (BPAA) announced nominations for a 2011 International Bowling Hall Of Fame nod – and some of the names tossed into the hat are amongst the most popular figures around.
The BPAA’s list of bowlers to be inducted into the hall span the entire scope of entertainment. Young Money honcho Lil Wayne, NBA living legend Michael Jordan, curvy beauty Kim Kardashian and global superstar Lady Gaga all have been awarded nominations. Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber, actor Jeff Bridges and singer/actress Miley Cyrus were also included on the list with other celebrities.
International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame Chairman Keith Hamilton spoke with website AllHipHop saying, “Each of these 2011 candidates has had a significant impact in helping to keep bowling as one of the nation's most treasured pastimes” in a written statement. Mr. Hamilton also went on to say that last year’s top nod battle between Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber was a “showdown” and a hopeful precursor to this year’s star-heavy contest for “bowling immortality” according to the rest of the statement.
Of the stars listed, Lil Wayne seems to be the most experienced as Weezy joined up with PBA pro bowler Norm Duke and New Orleans Hornets basketball star Chris Paul at the NBA player’s annual celebrity bowling tourney. Although Wayne made it into the final rounds, he was vanquished by his good friend Chris Paul and Australian pro bowler Jason Belmonte.
Like other major sports, fans are being asked to vote online for their favorite stars and will receive a free game of bowling at one of 4000 centers who are participating in the event. Voting will take place between July 12 and August 6 – the last day of voting also being National Bowling Day in the United States.
For more info on how to vote and the event itself, visit: http://gobowling.com
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