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The Professional Bowlers Association Joins FOX Sports and Good Sports to Restore Play for Youth in Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area


Through the continued partnership between Good Sports and FOX Sports, the PBA joins the Restore Play initiative to create opportunities for kids in sports through the donation of bowling equipment to programs in need.

Washington, D.C., October 2020 – The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is helping to donate brand new bowling equipment to eight different youth programs in D.C. and Virginia alongside Good Sports, Inc., and FOX Sports. This effort to create more access in sports and physical activity during COVID-19 is part of Good Sports’ Restore Play initiative.

In July of this year, FOX Sports partnered with Good Sports to support Restore Play. The initiative aims to provide at least $15 million in sports and fitness equipment for thousands of youth organizations and children across the country who have endured significant setbacks due to COVID-19. Since May, more than $3.6 million in gear has been distributed.

“We’re inspired by the impact Restore Play is having on youth activity and engagement in community sports across the country,” said Mark Silverman, President, National Networks, FOX Sports. “The added support from our partners at the PBA provides further momentum towards keeping our kids in the game.”

As the official media partner of Restore Play, FOX Sports is utilizing its family of networks and digital platforms to support the initiative and address the impact the health crisis is having on the youth sports community. Additionally, FOX Sports is helping Good Sports provide more gear to community programs, including baseball, football, general fitness items and now bowling kits. The assortment of different equipment provides new opportunities for kids to be active while still staying safe.

This donation of bowling kits will expose youth to the sport of bowling in a new and easily accessible way. The kits will go to the D.C. Police Youth Foundation, which serve 3,000 children annually, as well as seven of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, which serve more than 1,400 young people on a daily basis.

“Many children rely on school for physical education and community programs for active play, social interaction, and character-building experiences. The absence of these services is not just inconvenient, it can be traumatic,” said Good Sports CEO Melissa Harper. “Eighty-four percent of our community partners anticipate a decreased budget for sports equipment once play comes back, so the impact of COVID-19 on children in need and their increasingly limited access to sports will be unprecedented.”

The partnership between FOX Sports and Good Sports to Restore Play helps to make a difference in the lives of kids on the sidelines. Donations of brand-new equipment, such as the bowling gear from the PBA, can create new and sustainable ways for youth programs to engage their children as safely as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you would like to learn more about Restore Play, please visit https://www.goodsports.org/restoreplay/

About Good Sports
Good Sports gives all kids the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity by providing equipment, apparel and footwear to those most in need. Since 2003, Good Sports’ all time impact comes to more than $60 million in donated sports equipment, impacting over 8 million kids from more than 4,200 youth programs across the country. Good Sports has been awarded a coveted 4-star rating seven consecutive times from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest charity evaluator, for sound fiscal management, transparency and accountability; and is a Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance accredited charity. To learn more or to get involved, please visit www.goodsports.org.

About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing FOX Corporation’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets.  Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, the business has ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing relationships.  FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Network; FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Deportes. FOX Sports’ digital properties include FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports App, which provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, instant scores, stats and alerts to iOS and Android devices. Additionally, FOX Sports and social broadcasting platform, Caffeine jointly own Caffeine Studios which creates exclusive eSports, sports and live entertainment content. Also included in FOX Sports’ portfolio are FOX’s interests in joint-venture business Big Ten Network, a licensing and commercial relationship with The Stars Group that created the FOX Bet sports betting platform and the FOX Sports Super 6 free-to-play game, and a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.

About Professional Bowlers Associations
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Good Sports
Christy Keswick
ckeswick@goodsports.org; 617-921-3558

FOX Sports
Mark Toyama
mark.toyama@fox.com

PBA
Jill Laufer
PBA Public Relations
jlaufer@pba.com | 631.365.1654

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