SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - It's time to dust off the bowling shoes and polish the bowling ball. The Missouri State men's soccer program is set to host its 15th annual `Bowling With Bears' tournament and silent auction, Friday, April 26, at Enterprise Park Lanes, located at 1625 S. Enterprise Ave.
Friday's bowling event will kick off an action-packed Alumni Weekend, which includes a Friday night gathering at Ry Mac's Rub and Pub (7 p.m.), Saturday's alumni game (3 p.m.) and alumni reception (7 p.m.), and a pair of Sunday exhibition games at Drury against Missouri Valley College (12 p.m.) and Northeastern State (2:50 p.m.).
"The `Bowling With Bears' event has been huge for our program because it's a great way for our team to interact with the community and our supporters and sponsors," head coach Jon Leamy said. "It's a fun afternoon -a non-threatening afternoon - in terms of you don't have to be a great bowler."
Each bowling team will consist of three active participants, plus a Missouri State men's soccer student-athlete, coach or support personnel. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, the bottom team, along with individual awards. Check-in is from 2:30-3 p.m., followed by bowling that will kick off at 3 p.m.
This year's silent auction will include items such as soccer memorabilia, sports collectables, restaurant gift certificates and several other coveted packages. In addition to the silent auction, the Bears will also have a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds from the `Bowling With Bears' event will go directly to Missouri State men's soccer and Pastime for Patriots.
"The silent auction has really grown," Leamy added. "It's been great working with the eight Entertainment Management students, who are helping us with the event. It really has been a fantastic way to generate much-needed revenue for our program and also allows us to help a neat foundation in Pastime for Patriots."
For more information on `Bowling With Bears', please contact the Missouri State men's soccer office at (417) 836-5243. Up-to-date `Bowling With Bears' news can also be found on Facebook and Twitter (@BowlingWBears).
Highlighted Auction Items
Foursome round of golf at the National Golf Club [also includes cart rental and golf balls from St. Albans]
$100 gift certificate from G.L. Moore Tire Pros & Automotive
2 tickets to Silver Dollar City [Branson, Mo.]
Qdoba package - 45 free entrees
Chase Park Plaza Hotel - 1 night
Two (2) five-course dinners at Touch/Flame
Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals baseball jersey [size 48]
MSU soccer jersey and signed ball
MSU football helmet and jersey
MSU baseball jersey and batting helmet
Several adidas items
Corporate Sponsor - $600
One team (3 bowlers)
Signage representation (provided by sponsor)
4 Bears soccer hooded sweatshirts
Team Sponsor - $400
One team (3 bowlers)
3 Bears soccer hooded sweatshirts