After stops at Jayhawk Bowling Supply, the opening of Powerhouse Training Clinics, and a near 8 year stint at Ebonite International with the Powerhouse and Hammer brands, I now find myself working for BowlersMart, one the fastest growing bowling retailers in the world. Among many things, this new position has afforded me a move back to my family’s home state of Kansas.
I’ve done quite a bit of bowling in the last four months since our move back home, something that I really missed doing the last few years. Work demands and travel just didn’t allow much time for participating in bowling. So I was really eager to get back on the lanes when we moved. One thing I noticed immediately was how quickly you catch up with old friends in this sport. I’ve seen hundreds of people that I hadn’t seen for 8-10 years. Like clockwork, I had conversations with nearly all of them like it was just yesterday when we last bowled together.
This move home has taught me something important about the sport and game that I love. Have I looked for jobs outside of the bowling industry? You bet. Phone calls have been made, resumes have been sent, and interviews were done since those years at KU. Some were interesting, and occasionally an offer would be there. But I always seemed to either turn them down, or they turned me down. Either way, I was always still here, working in bowling.
What I’ve come to realize is that it’s not the bowling that keeps me working in bowling. I always thought it was. But it isn’t. It’s the people you enjoy being around, the people you hang with on bowling trips, and the teammates you compete with. We’re bowlers. We always have been, we still are, and we always will be. It’s not the game that keeps us in the game. It’s the relationships with the people who play the game.
I can’t tell you how proud I am to have worked, and still be working for the bowling industry. Bowling has given me so many things in life. Many of which I’m sure I’ll never be able to repay, but I’ll certainly try my best. Until next time…..