BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Products is proud to announce that the 2023 Storm Youth Championships (SYC) season has aligned with two charitable giving initiatives. A portion of every entry in 2023 will be shared between Ballard vs the Big “C” (BVBC) and Make-A-Wish Utah.
Charitable giving has long been a focus at Storm Products Inc. When the (SYC) was created in 2017, Storm immediately chose to align these events with a way for youth bowlers to learn the importance of giving back to others.
Starting in 2023, Storm Products is excited to announce that the SYC will be donating $5 of every entry to Make-A-Wish® Utah. Make-A-Wish grants life-changing wishes for children going through critical illnesses. According to their website, “For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. Parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic. And still others might realize all they have to offer the world through volunteer work or philanthropy.”
“Kids helping kids is such a powerful and influential message,” Leanne Hulsenberg, Tournament and Events Manager at Storm Products said. “We’re so excited to be able to share the vision and mission of Make-A-Wish Utah with our SYC families in 2023 and help grant a few more life-changing wishes.”
The 2023 SYC Season will continue to support Ballard vs the Big “C” (BVBC), a non-profit founded by bowling Hall-of-Famers, Del and Carolyn Ballard. In 2023, every entry includes a $5 donation to BVBC. Since 2017, we have raised $61,000 in entries alone to support continued research in cancer treatment, specifically in head, neck, and throat cancer through the sport of bowling. BVBC also raises money for nutritional supplements and treatments for those going through the cancer journey.
“BVBC and the Ballard Family have been a special part of the SYC since the very first event,” Hulsenberg said. “We’ve watched our friend, Del Ballard, Jr. who was diagnosed in May of 2010 with tonsil cancer fight every day on his cancer journey. We’re proud to support BVBC as they bring the bowling community together to support those who are fighting through their own cancer journey.”
“It’s been so rewarding to watch an idea that started from a conversation with friends to grow into a way to help others who are experiencing what we continue to go through on a daily basis,” Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Co-President said. “The SYC has helped our mission through funds and awareness and we’re incredibly excited for it to continue to grow in 2023. We’ve built so many relationships at these events and have connected through stories of the cancer journey with families who have experienced it. We love watching these youth bowlers grow through the SYC and are thankful for their passion as join together to help someone who needs their support.”
Champions being crowned is always a highlight of each SYC event, but perhaps the biggest champions are those that are helped through the event along the way. When a family chooses to spend the weekend at a SYC in 2023, they can do so knowing they will help someone else along the way.
About Storm Products, Inc.
Storm Products Inc. continues to lead the bowling industry in innovation through our high-performance bowling equipment featuring the Storm, Roto Grip and Global 900 Brands. In addition to creating the highest quality of products that the top athletes choose for PBA and PWBA Tour competitions, Storm strives to inspire existing bowlers, foster and develop new bowlers, and educate those in our industry to provide exemplary service to all bowlers.
About Make-A-Wish UTAH
Make-A-Wish Utah creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. When a child learns they can have a wish come true, they begin a journey that replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with optimism. Wishes create hope, a vital and healing component of medical treatment. A wish renews hope, uplifts spirits, and encourages the belief in the impossible. Currently, over 220 children in Utah are waiting for a wish to come true.
About Ballard vs. The Big “C” (BVBC)
BVBC was created out of love for PBA Hall-of-Famer, Del Ballard, Jr., who has survived his battle with tonsil cancer. Since forming, BVBC has raised over $200,000 to help raises funds for continued research in cancer treatment, specifically in head, neck, and throat cancer. For more information visit http://www.ballardvsthebigc.org.