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Strike out for fun: Build-A-Trust Bowl-A-Thon June 15

In the spirit of bringing people together, UToledo electrician George Hayes Jr. is throwing a bowling event for kids, cops, military members and firefighters.

On Saturday, June 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the seventh Build-A-Trust Bowl-A-Thon will be held at Southwyck Lanes, 5255 Heatherdowns Blvd. in Toledo.

“I’ve been a youth bowling coordinator and coach since 2001 with the Toledo Bowling Senate Junior League,” Hayes said. “Because of all the issues going on with our youth today, I just wanted to do something in addition to the league where we can all try and build the trust level between the police and our youth.”

Courtesy of JCILH Inc. of McDonald’s, all youth 17 and younger bowl for free.

Other participants can bowl three games for $5 per person (shoes included).

Hayes explained this event is meant to knock down the walls and introduce youth to authority figures.

“This is a way to bring all groups together in a fun atmosphere — no pressure on anyone,” Hayes said.

“Some kids are afraid of the police, and some police are a little nervous around some kids and young adults. This is a way to bring all groups together in a fun atmosphere,” he added.

There will be music and door prizes at the event, which is expected to bring together more than 100 people.

The Toledo Bowling Senate junior coordinator started this the bowl-a-thon in 2015.

For more information, contact Hayes at george.hayes@utoledo.edu.