PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – Fresh off an historic season, the Prairie View A&M bowling team will make history once again this fall as they’re one of two teams scheduled to participate in the first-ever collegiate match at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas on Oct. 10.
The ITRC, home of the United States Bowling Congress, is a state-of-the-art complex which is designed for the testing of bowling equipment along with housing centerpieces such as a robotic ball thrower, computer ball tracking system and state-of-the-art biomechanics technology. Frequented by professional bowlers from all over the world, the facility is also the premier training center for athletes seeking a spot on the United States Olympic Team.
The Lady Panthers are slated to arrive at the ITRC on Friday, Oct. 8. They’ll participate in an intense two-day training program before closing out their stay with a match versus the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore on Sunday, Oct. 10. UMES, a fellow historically black college and university member, finished the 2009-10 season ranked second nationally and captured the 2008 NCAA Bowling Championship. As an added bonus, both programs will have the opportunity to have their training sessions and match officiated by Bowling Hall-of-Famer, 2008 U.S. Women’s Open Champion and Team USA assistant coach Kim Terrell-Kearney.
Lady Panther head coach Glenn White is elated to have the opportunity to participate in such an historic event.
“It’s an honor for our program as it represents a major step towards reaching my goal of becoming a national power,” he said. “Having the chance to train under a legend such as Coach Terrell-Kearney in a facility the caliber of the ITRC is a great opportunity.”
The 2009-10 campaign was the most successful season ever in the history of the Prairie View A&M bowling program as they finished second overall in the Southwestern Athletic Conference after advancing to the finals of the SWAC Tournament for the first time ever. They also won two tournaments this past season and defeated 2009 national champion Nebraska in a Baker match.