Junior Gold launch events offer new experiences for athletes and spectators
ARLINGTON, TX – The build-up to the 2022 Junior Gold Championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will feature a series of experiential opportunities, including the inaugural Junior Gold Party in the Park event on Sunday, July 17.
The 23rd annual Junior Gold Championships expects around 4,200 athletes to arrive in Grand Rapids and surrounding host cities as early as July 10, with the U20 divisions competing that week. Spectator passes and merchandise will be available at U20 competition venues.
The festivities kick off Thursday, July 14 with a product demo day featuring representatives from Brunswick, Columbia 300, DV8, Ebonite, Hammer, Motiv, 900 Global, Roto Grip and Storm. The must-attend event for those looking for the latest gear and product updates, runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Westgate Bowl. The number of places is limited for the demonstration day with mandatory registration (first come, first served) available on BOWL.com/JGSpecialEvents from June 2.
Friday, July 15 is the first day that spectators can pick up their passes at DeVos Place. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with merchandise sales also offered on the site.
Things kick into high gear on Saturday, July 16 at Devos Place with registration and the annual Junior Gold Trade Show and Collegiate Experience show featuring over 60 colleges and universities. Seminars will be available from Brunswick, Kegel, Motiv and Storm. Another highlight of the trade show are autograph stations featuring pros from the Professional Bowlers Association and Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tours. Official Junior Gold concessions and merchandise will also be available.
As with Demo Day, space for show seminars is limited and registration is required from June 2. Spectator pass purchase and pickup is also available at DeVos Place on Saturdays.
“As with previous Junior Gold events, the demo day, trade show and seminars continue to be highlights of this event,” said Gary Brown, General Manager of Youth Development for the International Bowling Campus. “Also, we are very excited about our new Party in the Park event which will wrap up the weekend attractions.”
The Junior Gold Party in the Park will take place at the Millennium Park Grant Pavilion on Sunday, July 17 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Athletes registered for this special event will receive a free food ticket that can be used in the food trucks on site. In addition, the first 2,000 registered athletes will also receive a free commemorative t-shirt (limited sizes). Tickets for food and t-shirts can be picked up at the Party in the Park booth at the show or onsite during check-in.
The party in the park, which is sponsored by partners Brunswick, I Am Bowling, Kegel, Motiv and Storm Products, will feature a DJ and several fun activities, including outdoor games and equipment to use such as balloons footballs, soccer balls and frisbees. There will also be featured areas for activities such as cornhole, video game truck, dunk tank and more. Staff members and professional athletes from the sponsoring partners will be on hand to mingle at this event.
“It will be great to see all the athletes and parents back for a day filled with activities and opening ceremonies,” said Chrissie Kent, Chair of the BAC Youth Committee. “We encourage everyone to bring their lawn chairs and blankets and come spend the day!”
A special Party in the Park page will be posted on BOWL.com/JGPartyInThePark which will include event details. Attendees are encouraged to pre-register from June 2 through Junior Gold and then check-in at the show to receive their tickets to avoid line-ups.
Below is the program of the event:
Junior Golden Party in the Park
Sunday July 17, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Millennium Park Grant Pavilion
2 p.m. – Doors open
4:00 p.m. – Talent Show
5 p.m. – Prize giving
6:00 p.m. – Athlete Celebration
7 p.m. – End of the event
Stay tuned for more information from Junior Gold to submit your name to participate in the talent show or state march. The Junior Gold Party in the Park will feature two athletes from each participating state and/or territory for a state walk at 6 p.m. and special recognition for all athletes.