Jon Harmon "Strikes Gold" in Abu Dhabi

This post was prepared by Storm Ambassador, Tim Cerami.

In August of 2017, we shared the story of Jon Harmon, a bowler from Boise, Idaho that was preparing to travel to Seattle to compete in the 2018 USA Special Olympic games. There, he won a silver medal in men’s singles using a Storm Son!Q donated to him by the Storm Brand Ambassador Team. In 2019, his story continues.

Upon returning home from the Seattle games, Jon got more serious about his game, spending countless hours practicing and preparing for the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. He traveled around the bowling centers in the Boise area looking to experience as many lane conditions as possible.

On March 7, 2019, Jon started his journey to Abu Dhabi along with thousands of other Special Olympics athletes. His mission… bring a gold medal back to the USA and Idaho.

Needless to say, Jon did “strike gold” while in Abu Dhabi.

Bowling with his doubles partner Tyler Baxter, Jon rolled games of 224, 214, 189 with his SON!Q to help win the doubles competition by almost 150 pins. Jon returned to Idaho to a proud community of local bowlers.

Congratulations to Jon and his partner for bringing home the gold.


Storm Raises Over $100K For The Huntsman Cancer Institute

At Storm Products, charitable giving is vital to our brand purpose and we try to find exciting ways to raise funds for meaningful causes all year long. Every October, the Storm Nation community comes together to help Paint the Lanes PINK® (PTLP) building awareness and raising funds for breast cancer research. Bowlers from around the world share stories from their personal journeys of their determination to find a cure for a cancer that impacts 1 in 8 U.S women over the course of their lifetime.

With the help of the bowling community and a generous donation from the Chrisman Foundation we were able to present a donation of $110,518.28 to the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) while spreading awareness for a cause that affects millions.

An additional donation of $25,000 was donated from the Striking Against Breast Cancer Foundation was presented by Donna Conners. Conners who hosts the Storm PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Tournament each summer traveled to Utah for the presentation.

"Storm's Paint the Lanes Pink campaign is one of the most rewarding projects to work on," Leanne Hulsenberg, Marketing Coordinator for Storm Products said.

"It's an honor to be able to join our co-owner, Barbara Chrisman, and tournament partner, Donna Conners, to take our annual donation directly to the Huntsman Research Center. Each year, we learn about the innovative cancer trials and breakthroughs that our donation supports. The Huntsman Cancer Institute has a vital role in cancer research and hopefully one day we will see a cure for cancer," Hulsenberg said.

In 2018, our campaign featured the exclusive Pink Phaze™. Only 300 of this special release were produced for our fans to purchase. In addition, we raise funds through our dedicated PTLP products in the Storm Shop year-round.

"It's very special to know that all the fans contribute to our donation through the purchase of our PTLP products all year," Hulsenberg said. "Our donation truly wouldn't be possible without the support of the bowling community around the world."

About Storm Products, Inc.
Storm Products Inc. is the leading manufacturer and marketer of high performance bowling equipment featuring the Storm, Roto Grip and Master Brands. For everything Storm, Roto Grip and Master Industries – visit stormbowling.com, rotogrip.com and bowlwithmaster.com

About Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah
Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is the official cancer center of Utah. The cancer campus includes a state-of-the-art cancer specialty hospital as well as two buildings dedicated to cancer research. HCI treats patients with all forms of cancer and is recognized among the best cancer hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report. As the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Mountain West, HCI serves the largest geographic region in the country, drawing patients from Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. More genes for inherited cancers have been discovered at HCI than at any other cancer center in the world, including genes responsible for hereditary breast, ovarian, colon, head, and neck cancers, along with melanoma. HCI manages the Utah Population Database, the largest genetic database in the world, with information on more than 11 million people linked to genealogies, health records, and vital statistics. HCI was founded by Jon M. and Karen Huntsman.


2019 SYC Tour Heads To Las Vegas

In less than two weeks, more than 200 youth bowlers will be heading to Las Vegas for the first Storm Youth Championships event of 2019!

The Storm Youth Championships were created in in 2017 with two events in Reno and Myrtle Beach. These events were designed to be a weekend of learning, competition and fun for the whole family! After a successful first year, we added two additional events in 2018 visiting Nashville and Fort Worth. The SYC Tour will have a total of six events in 2019.

2019 SYC Schedule:

 Feb. 15-17, 2019 - Las Vegas, NV

 Mar. 22-24, 2019 - Rohnert Park, CA

 May 24-26, 2019 - Smyrna, TN

 June 28-30, 2019 - Lincoln, NE

 Aug. 30 – Sept. 1, 2019 - Wichita, KS

 Oct. 4-6, 2019 - Shallotte, NC

The SYC tournaments are small, three-day events where our Storm team works hard to interact with all of the youth bowlers and families. Each SYC tournament has multiple rounds on different lane patterns created by Kegel to challenge the youth bowlers. We crown the top three bowlers in each gender and age-based division for each round with bronze, silver and gold medals. At the conclusion of the tournament we award trophies and medals to the overall champions.

Each year, we hold our major event which this year will take place in Las Vegas where we award the top two overall youth bowlers in each division with a spot on the Storm All-American Team.  These 12 kids earn a custom All-American jersey and jacket provided by our official SYC jersey company, Logo Infusion.

2018 Storm All-American Team

The SYC is more than just tournament.

We kick off each event with registration, learning seminars with our Storm and Roto Grip Pro Staff, a practice session where bowlers can get tips from the pros and our Tour Reps, and a Friday night SYC social.  The SYC bowlers and their families have told us they love the casual atmosphere, getting to know the pros, and hanging out with the Storm Team.

Charity is a very special part of the SYC. Each event supports Ballard vs the Big “C” in numerous ways.  We take $10 from each entry and make a donation to BVBC. On-site at each SYC, Carolyn and Del Ballard bring silent auction items for the SYC families to bid on. Sometimes our families donate their own baskets to help raise more funds. Some of the bowlers have decided to host their own fundraisers at home for BVBC and bring their donations to present to the Ballards at the next SYC they attend.

Since 2017, we have raised more than $50,000 to help fight the war on cancer through the SYC.

We are very proud to award scholarships to our top finishers and in just six events, we have awarded more than $104,000 to the SYC bowlers and look forward to increasing that number in 2019.

The vision for the SYC began as a way to give back to the bowling community, educate youth bowlers, and invite the whole family to participate. Our events wouldn’t be possible without the support of the staff of each host bowling center and the families in each community that we have visited.

Here’s what some of our SYC bowlers had to say about the event:

“What I like best about the SYC is that I get to bowl, meet new people and make new friends from all over the world. I love the seminars where I learn more about the sport. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I didn’t love the social gatherings at the SYC…the mini golf, the beach party and the BBQ. They are all a blast!” - Harley Shene, CA

 

“My favorite thing about the SYC is definitely the level of competition and challenging patterns at each event!  I also really love getting to meet new people from all over the country.” – Caroline Thesier, NC

“Storm Youth Championship events are awesome! They offer young bowlers of all skill levels an opportunity to compete   in great facilities on challenging conditions. Plus, the events involve a lot more than just a tournament - they are a complete bowling experience! There are workshops and fun family activities where you can make new friends and learn lots of good information about equipment and how to improve your physical and mental game performance. I personally like the on-lane sessions with the pros and hearing how they figure out which ball to throw and how to throw it! Also, the chance to interact with the Storm/Roto Grip technical staff is something I look forward to at each event because they are always willing to provide guidance and support to help me improve my game! Thank you Storm Bowling for creating the SYC and helping grow the sport of bowling through the youth of America.” – Mabel Cummins, IL

This tournament would not be possible without the generous support of our additional sponsors, Logo Infusion, Turbo 2-N-1 Grips, Kegel, 3G Shoes.

To follow along with the SYC updates and excitement, please check out the Storm Jr Facebook page. If you are interested in becoming a supporting sponsor of the Storm Youth Championships or would like more information, please visit the SYC page or email Leanne Hulsenberg at Leanne.Hulsenberg@stormbowling.com.

 


Riding For A Reason

Last April, Storm laid to rest someone who was very important to the brand we all know and love. Scott Knavel never won a PBA event, has never been in a video or an ad. But he was more than integral to the manufacturing of millions of balls that countless bowlers have come to enjoy.

Scott had worked in every facet of production from coring to urethane, R&D to bottling, and all the way up to Assistant Production Manager in his 15 years at Storm. His role was vital. Scott led the effort in saving the life of a worker who had collapsed by performing CPR. He was a shepherd for the production team’s immense band of brothers and sisters.

The mosaic the production team at Storm weaves is a sumptuous one – a working rapport of many divisions that are as equal as they are diverse. Scott was a leading light for the Storm family whose integrity and steadfastness will remain a beacon of virtue for years to come.

On that fateful Easter Sunday, Storm lost a vital piece to that team.

The following week, Shane Blakeley, Storm’s Plant Manager, was having breakfast with a friend of the company, Jack Andersen, and the two agreed that Scott’s story wasn’t quite finished. With some careful planning, the “Ride for a Reason” tour was born.

Beginning in Ogden, Utah, Andersen with 4 of his riding companions began their 300 mile trek to Challis, Idaho to honor the memory of Scott.

Scott’s wife, NaCoal, was invited to the Storm plant as the team passed through Brigham City on their expedition north. What she wasn’t aware of was the $6,910 check about to be presented to her for aid with Scott’s final expenses. An initial goal of $2,500 was set, but in typical Storm fashion that target was exceeded with flying colors. Thanks to the help of company suppliers, sponsors, and fellow employees NaCoal can rest a little easier with some of this austere burden lifted off her shoulders.

The cycling team plans to hit all the best fast food stops along the way on their 3 day campaign. “Thank you so much for your generosity and the compassion that was shown. The outpouring has been overwhelming,” said Blakeley. It’s been an emotional journey for all involved.

There have been hundreds of employees that have contributed to the Storm brand over the years, but the vast majority looked to Scott for guidance every day.

 


Seminar and Round Table Round-Up

Hello Storm Nation!

As 2017 winds down, it’s great to note so many cool new things at Storm that were implemented throughout the year. It was just last Fall when we toured the country listening to the concerns of bowlers, bowling center proprietors, and pro shop owners alike. As a result of those discussion, we were able to implement many new changes such as the re-release of very success previous model at slower times of the year. Hence the limited-edition Marvel™ Pearl which was so instrumental in the collection of titles by our PBA Champions. You spoke and we listened!

The same went with the request to have more technical knowledge shared on our website and throughout the Storm Nation.

You definitely were not lying when you said that the demand for knowledge in our sport is huge! The technical articles and videos continue to outperform promotional material by more than tenfold.

So, it was our quest to quench the thirst for more technical material along with a chance to openly discuss and share ideas at this most recent Round Table and Intense™ Seminar tour. For those of you who were able to make it, we appreciate it and thank you for your patronage. We talked for the first half and listened for the second half. And we are excited to take action on those terrific ideas which came from so many of you across the country.

For the Intense Seminar portion, we revealed the intricacies of Storm’s Vector Layout System and how it places an importance of the actual shape the pro shop operator is drilling into. Dispelling many myths, the seminar turned heads and raised eyebrows to some new ways of thinking. The info presented added real technical substance to today’s modern game including test results that haven’t been offered to the public before. It was well received across the country and the effects are noticeable and beneficial, particularly by empowering pro shop operators with enriched knowledge on Storm’s VLS system and balance hole techniques. Remember, there is a wealth of technical knowledge located at news.stormbowling.com that is available for everyone and is always growing.

With league season in full affect and the holiday’s right around the corner, our sport is a hot bed of activity. Stay up to date with all that Storm has to offer including technical articles, new releases, ball videos, coaching tips, and more at www.stormbowling.com. Also be sure to stay in touch through our various social media channels including YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter for exclusive content regarding everything going on in your Storm Nation!