PRAIRIE VIEW- Former Prairie View A&M bowling student-athlete LeJewelia Lewis hit a strike recently as she accepted a position at the world-renowned Bowling International Training & Research Center in Arlington, Texas.
The ITRC is the premier bowling facility in the country and possibly the world. It’s where research for the bowling industry is performed in regards to balls, lanes, equipment, etc. including robots and other advanced technology. It is the official training center for Team USA and the USA Olympic Jr. Gold Team along with professional bowlers and bowlers from around the world (individuals and teams). The ITRC is also adjacent to the Bowling Hall of Fame and Museum in addition to the headquarters of the BPAA (Bowling Proprietors Association of America) and USBC (United States Bowling Congress). Lewis works closely with the ITRC’s National Governing Body Coordinator and will assist the governing body’s managing director with their daily tasks which ranges from sitting in on daily meetings, compiling financial statements, project management, agenda presentations and making sure the ITRC staff is aware of the latest trends and changes in the bowling arena.
The Waco, Texas native will also work closely with the ITRC research team and have the opportunity to experience history in the making as a research assistant. Currently, Lewis is involved in a project which involves bowling pins and she’ll spend a great deal of time breaking down and analyzing the various types of pins used and how they’ll respond to the bowling balls.
A four-year standout who earned Second Team All-SWAC Honors at Prairie View A&M in 2012, Lewis graduated with a degree in business marketing and was a key component in the bowling team’s resurgence on the local, conference and national levels during her tenure at Prairie View A&M from 2008 to 2012. Lewis helped the team win its first SWAC Championship in 2012 and also helped them advance to its first-ever SWAC Tournament Championship in 2011.