My name is Gary Beck and I am blessed to have merged three of my passions – bowling, kids, and education – into what I work on every day. My company, Killer ‘B’ Promotions, has staged many of the sport’s biggest and most exciting events including the Battle At Little Creek, the AMF Dick Weber Classic, the Women’s Challenge, the PBA Tournament of Champions, and the U.S. Open. But the event nearest and dearest to my heart is the Teen Masters, the national championship for high school and middle school students.
Though my current involvement rarely finds me attempting to knock down pins, my rich competitive background continues to shape how I design tournaments and events to make them fun, challenging and most importantly, fair for those who enter. I have been a national collegiate champion (team, doubles, singles and all-events), a Team USA medalist in the World FIQ Championships, and I spent years as a weekend warrior chasing the dream. Bowling has literally taken me around the world, to the extreme that I relocated to Hong Kong in 1996 to start the Asian Bowling Tour.
Competitive bowling’s decline has been painful to watch. Scratch leagues and pot games have vanished, membership and ball sales are in steady decline, and many have raised the white flag in surrender. While there are many factors influencing participation in bowling, I believe we can grow the sport by placing the emphasis on bowler technique rather than ball technology and reconnecting effort and reward. It is going to be a long and difficult journey, but a journey worth taking. I hope you will join me.
“We should strive to be the parents of our future rather than the offspring of our past.”