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First Scot Pollard Bowling Tourney filled with Strikes, Spares, and Success

March 12, 2015

School of Education alumni, faculty, students, staff and friends joined alum Scot and Dawn Pollard at the “Pollard’s 1st Annual Bowling Luau in Larrytown” on Saturday, January 31 at Royal Crest Bowling Lanes in Lawrence Kansas. The event was a rousing success as more than 150 bowlers on 30+ teams bowled their way to strikes and spares (and maybe just a few gutter balls.) Approximately $6000 was raised to benefit scholarships for School of Education students.

Scot Pollard, an alumnus of the University of Kansas School of Education and retired NBA player who played for the KU men's basketball team in the mid-1990s, and his wife, Dawn, “came up with the idea for a bowling tournament during the school’s annual golf tournament. We wanted to also host something during the winter season without the possibility of any weather concerns,” Pollard said. “Dawn and I couldn’t be more pleased to start another event to raise money for the school. And we are having a luau during the winter in Kansas! What could be more fun?”

For the last 21 years, the School of Education has hosted a local golf tournament for alumni, students, faculty, staff and community. The new bowling tournament will be an addition to the school’s alumni events and is intended to engage alumni and support a wider range of scholarship funds for education students.

“We are indebted to Scot and Dawn for supporting the school with their time and energy. Future students will be the beneficiaries of the proceeds from the tournament, and the plan is to have a great time bowling with the Pollards,” said Rick Ginsberg, dean of the School of Education.

Watch the School of Education website for plans for the 2nd Annual Pollard’s Bowling tournament in 2016.

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