This is how the Western Wayne Youth Traveling Classic got started. Back in the late 70’s my daughter Chris was bowling at Superbowl in Canton Mi., and she was doing so well in her Saturday League, That I formed a Youth Trio Classic so that she would have better competition. She did so well that she was even scoring better than the guys. She shot a 247 game at 12 years old and the Local TV station Channel 7 sent a reporter out to cover the story. I know that 247 isn’t a big deal now but back then it was. Chris bowled in the Trio league A couple of years and was still one of the top bowlers, so I thought that she should move up to better Competition. The Cecil Ward Bonanza Traveling League was having try outs and I was going to take Chris down on Saturday, but before this could happen on Friday night I had to rush her to St. Mary’s Hospital for and emergency appendectomy, that was the end of her bowling season.
Being a League President I went to the Wayne Westland Metro Bowling Association meeting. I waited until the agenda for new business came up and got the floor and asked them ” What they were going to do for the good youth bowlers, yes I know that this is a men’s association, but if you don’t help them you will lose them till they are 26 years old or older”. I explained that the only Travel League was the Cecil Ward that traveled Downriver and that was too far for a lot of kids to go. The Wayne Westland Men's Bowling Association (WWMBA) President Ed Burns agreed, they should help out the better youth bowlers and assigned three of his Directors to help me form a Travel League in the area. Since the WWMBA served five houses, Westland, Town-N-Country, Wayne, Superbowl and Fiesta (now Vision), we asked each house if they would sponsor two four bowler teams with shirts and they agreed.
The Western Wayne Youth Travel Classic started with the 1983-4 season. The entering average was 165 for boys and 155 for girls, and the teams were made up by the League. The League Team averages Were very close and the Championship, which Chris’s team won, was decided by Ten pins the first game and Nine the second and the third by Two pins. The next year we let the bowlers make up teams and parity was lost. We had the local cable provider Omnicom out for our kick off and they filmed the matches and broadcasted them on local cable, this was great publicity. The bowlers decided that they would try and help with the cost of the shirts so, my daughter Chris, the first league president, formed a car wash, and hayrides to try and make some money, both were successful. The bowlers started getting close while doing these outside activities and some life long friendships were formed. The following year saw our first fund raiser; we sold M&M’s. We did this for about 10 years, till we instituted the registration fee. We started doing a 50/50 raffle and we started asking for Team Sponsors to help fund the league and have been self supported since the second year.
Retired Executive Director