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      September 11, 2002:

-American Forces Network To Broadcast PWBA Tournaments

09/11/2002 - PWBA
      ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Professional Women's Bowling Association announced today that the American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) will broadcast, via its AFN Sports channel, all PWBA events starting with the Lady Ebonite Classic finals on October 7 at 11 p.m. and will carry the entire 2003 PWBA broadcast schedule.

      "Thanks to the PWBA, we're able to provide nearly 800,000 men and women in uniform a chance to watch the best women bowlers in the world compete," said Lt Col. (USAF) Robert Garza, Commander of the AFRTS Broadcast Center.

      "It's a honor for the PWBA to be included as part of the AFRTS programming," said John Falzone, PWBA President. "With almost half a million households in the U.S. watching our tournaments on ESPN and ESPN2, the addition of the armed forces network has the potential of putting our tour in front of over a million viewers."

      Responsible for procuring materials for the Armed Forces television stations located outside the contiguous United States, AFRTS provides programming to 179 countries and territories and aboard U.S. Navy ships at sea.

      The 2002 PWBA season will resume on ESPN2 with the Sport Bowling Champions Challenge on Monday, September 16 at 10 p.m. (ET). The fall swing begins September 15 with the Three Rivers Open at Princess Lanes in Pittsburgh, Pa.

      The Professional Women's Bowling Association, founded in 1981 as the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour, provides a professional tournament program for the most skilled women bowlers in the world. The PWBA's key corporate sponsors include the Women's International Bowling Congress, Travelodge Hotels Inc., Miller Brewing Company and more than a dozen other bowling industry sponsors.

-Women's International Bowling Congress Leaders Voice Disapproval Of Potential Action To Weaken Title IX

09/11/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - Following the U.S. Department of Education's appointment of a Commission on Opportunity in Athletics to examine Title IX, leaders of the Women's International Bowling Congress have come together to voice disapproval of any action aimed at weakening the Title IX law.

      "Under the guidance of our partners at the Women's Sports Foundation, we believe the intention of the Commission on Opportunity in Athletics is to weaken the position of Title IX," said WIBC First Vice President, Elaine Hagin. "To the contrary, we believe the provisions of Title IX should be strengthened to encourage further equity for women's athletics."

      This year marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 into law. Title IX, is a Federal statute that was created to prohibit sex discrimination in education programs that receive Federal financial assistance. Nearly every educational institution is a recipient of Federal funds and is required to comply with Title IX.

      The Title IX amendment states that, "No person in the United States shall on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

      The Commission on Opportunity in Athletics was appointed by the U.S. Department of Education in June to produce a report on Title IX. In the press release announcing the Commission, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Rodney Paige was quoted as stating: "_recent complaints, however, have raised questions of fairness for men's teams."

      WIBC is encouraging its members to voice their strong support of Title IX by writing letters to the Commission on Opportunity in Athletics and their local and state legislators. Members are also encouraged to attend one of several Town Hall Meetings being held across the country. These meetings are open to the public. For more information on dates, locations and where to write in support of Title IX visit

      "I especially encourage those women bowlers in the San Diego area to attend the meeting. WIBC Vice President Elaine Hagin will speak to the Commission on behalf of women's bowling at the November 20-21 Town Hall Meeting," said WIBC President Sylvia Broyles. " WIBC's position on this initiative is for no change to Title IX law and stronger enforcement by the Office of Civil Rights."

      Under Title IX, women's bowling was adopted as an emerging sport in 1994. For the 2002-03 school year, women's bowling has the 40 schools required to become an NCAA championship sport.

      As stated in Commission documents, members will focus on "current Federal standards for measuring equal opportunity for men and women and boys and girls to participate in athletics under Title IX, whether those standards should be revised, and if so, how the standards should be revised. The Commission will also recommend other steps that might be taken to improve the effectiveness of Title IX and to maintain and build upon the extraordinary progress that has resulted from its passage 30 years ago."

      "As the world's oldest and largest women's sports membership organization WIBC has a vested interest in the promotion of female athletics programs," said WIBC Executive Director Roseann Kuhn. "Title IX is essential to establishing the equality of all women's athletic programs and we must stand up in opposition of changing or limiting this law. In fact we need to make our voices heard in support of stricter enforcement of Title IX in its current state."

      WIBC is the world's oldest and largest women's sports membership organization with nearly 1.3 million members. WIBC's mission: To identify and fulfill the needs of women bowlers. For more information on WIBC visit

To voice your support of Title IX contact:

Office of the Commission on Opportunity in Athletics
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
ROB-3, Room 3060
Washington, DC 20202

FAX: 202-260-4560
E-mail address: [email protected]

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-2002 AMF Bowling World Cup Is Family Affair For Israeli Representatives

09/11/2002 - AMF Bowling
      LONDON, ENGLAND, September 10, 2002 - Sara and Or Aviram, a mother-and-son bowling duo from Rehovot, will represent Israel in the 2002 AMF Bowling World Cup next month in Riga, Latvia.

      Keeping it all in the family for the October 19-26 tournament at Toss Boulinga Halle, Sara's husband and Or's father Gadi-Israel's national bowling coach-will coach them in Riga.

      "We've always said that everyone who participates in the Bowling World Cup becomes part of an extended family, but the Avirams are taking us literally," laughed tournament manager Anne-Marie Board. "Actually, we've had several tournaments where two members of the same family represented a nation. Last year in Pattaya, Thailand, a married couple-Sian and Trevor Wood-represented St. Helena. The year before that in Portugal, Daniel and Claudia Falconi, who are brother and sister, bowled for Mexico.

      "We've also had father-daughter duos in past years, but I believe this is the first time we'll have a mother-son combination."

      Sara Aviram ruined Tana Vilner's hopes of competing in Riga by defeating her in the women's best-of-three-games championship match, 151-193, 224-154 and 183-164. Or, Israel's top-ranked National League bowler and a two-time Bowler of the Year, also needed all three games in the men's finale to topple archrival Joseph Shtrum, 247-211, 212-232 and 246-232.

      Sara, 45, made her first Bowling World Cup appearance in 1972 in Le Mans, France. Or, 23, is a World Cup rookie, while Gadi is a regular as the Israeli coach. Gadi helped steer Yahav Rabin to a fifth-place tie last year in Thailand, the best finish ever for an Israeli player.

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