Pellissippi State summer bowling camp leads to scholarships

When Lori East and Britt Sturm head to college next fall, she’ll take the “hook” she learned to throw last summer and he’ll probably have his favorite red 15-pound Rising S E bowling ball on the front seat beside him. They’ll come in handy, because both are attending college on bowling scholarships—thanks in part to a long-ago Pellissippi State Community College summer bowling camp.

Their love of bowling began by chance when they were in middle school and agreed to go with friend Philip Icuss to a Pellissippi State summer bowling camp for kids. At the time they never dreamed it would one day help them attend college.

Now East, a senior at Knoxville Catholic High School and captain of the school’s bowling team, has been offered two college scholarships and Sturm, a senior at Webb School of Knoxville, is trying to choose among three.

“He got hooked on the sport after going to the Pellissippi State camp,” said Sturm’s mother Melissa Sturm. “Little did I think then that bowling would be part of our college selection criteria,” she laughed.

Not only are East and Strum competing on the high school level, but so is Icuss, a junior at Knoxville Catholic. The friends say that Icuss was the catalyst who “got the ball rolling.” He talked Sturm and East into attending the camp. They say they have fond memories of their days at camp.

He already had a bowling legend in his background: his great-grandfather was a bowling world champion in the 40s, said his mother, Lisa Icuss. “It was just natural that he bowled,” she said. Still, she is amazed that the camp led to competing in bowling at the high school level.

Pellissippi State offers a wide variety of summer camps for kids each year during the months of June and July. Camp times, dates, fees and descriptions are listed at Call the Business and Community Services office at 865-539-7167 or 539-7166 for more information.

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