Since the summer heat radiates during the day, it made infinite sense.
Bowling, in lieu of golf.
After a sultry Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Golf Classic in the 2017 Induction Celebration was enjoyable, but endured, organizers considered future years and less grueling ways to entertain supporters and give them personal access to the inductees in a competitive environment.
So for the 2018 Induction Celebration, the BOM Bowling Bash made its debut, and was a smashing, pin-rattling, fun-filled success at now defunct Country Lanes in Natchitoches.
In 2019, the Hall of Fame’s BOM bowling party relocated to Four Seasons Bowling Center in Alexandria, and the event took off. Participants, inductees, and spectators enjoyed great food, an open bar, music and fun — and some memorable bowling, too.
New LSHOF inductee Larry Wright, a former NBA champion and a three-time Grambling basketball All-American, had never bowled before. His first try was a strike. However, gutter balls outnumbered good balls the rest of the way, he noted.
Other past and present inductees showed varying degrees of bowling ability. Pro Bowl receiver Reggie Wayne bemoaned not having his own personal ball or shoes. College football Hall of Famer Gary Reasons, the NSU Demons legend and two-time Super Bowl champ, showed he’s spent plenty of time at the lanes.
Now, on Friday, June 25, the scene shifts to Shreveport’s All Star Lanes at 9130 Mansfield Road for the Class of 2020 BOM Bowling Bash. To enter or get more information visit LaSportsHall.com and click on the Induction Week button, or call 318-238-4255.
It will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a seafood and barbeque feast for everyone in the house – bowlers and spectators. That’s right – you don’t have to bowl to enjoy the party. Admission is $50 for adults and $25 for youth to mingle, eat, and watch the action.
Bowlers can enter as individuals ($100) or as a team ($400). Teams can be four people paired with a celebrity, or five friends playing without a celebrity.
The five-person teams warm up and play a 10-frame game, with the top team winning prizes. The top five individual bowlers and top five celebrities will have playoffs. The bowling party will wrap up about 2 o’clock, in plenty of time for everyone to make it back to Natchitoches for that evening’s Rockin’ River Fest starting at 6 on the downtown riverbank stage.
One of the most festive events of the June 24-26 Induction Celebration, the BOM Bowling Bash is an event fit for the avid bowlers or those who just like to have fun.
This edition is in Shreveport since three 2020 inductees – Sweet Lou Dunbar from Minden, and Shreveport natives Tim Brando and Kent Lowe – are locals, and three more (Ronnie Coleman, Angela Turner Johnson, Mackie Freeze) graduated from college in nearby Lincoln Parish.
Presenting sponsors along with BOM are Shreveport-Bossier State Farm Insurance agents Rusty Billings, Jamie Eagles, and Nick and Tag Rome.