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HOW BOWLING BECAME A FAMILY BOND AROUND THE HOLIDAYS FOR FOUR TOP PROS


The holidays are a time


of year that reminds us of what truly matters — primarily, family. When we asked top pros to share with us their best holiday memories, we learned that bowlers are no exception. For this section of our bonus, holiday issue of Bowlers Journal Interactive, Ryan Ciminelli, Sean Rash, Mark and Denise Roth, and Andrew Cain explain how bowling has bonded them with loved ones around the holidays.


EVERYTHING BOWLING, ALL THE TIME


A CHRISTMAS STORY


Rash said, “Family is everything to me, and being together for Christmas last year outweighs all bowling wins and trips.”


SEAN RASH A


s any top PBA Tour player can tell you, life on the road is a grueling proposition that often


pulls you away from the ones you love. These days, that is perhaps truer than ever before, as upper echelon players like Sean Rash face a changed competitive bowling landscape that takes them to the farthest reaches of the globe to pursue life on the lanes— from Qatar and Kuwait to Korea, Europe, and many places in between. Bowling began taking Rash on the


road long ago, when he and his father traveled to Las Vegas each year around Christmas so Rash could bowl youth scholarship tournaments there. The Rashes rarely got to spend the holidays together as a family unit. That changed when Rash’s wife, Sara, gave birth to their first child, Kaylee, on Sept. 6, 2013. “We never really spent Christmas


together until just recently when I had my own child Kaylee,” Rash explained. “Last year, I was able to give back to my parents as we spent Christmas together with Sara’s parents. I was able to watch them enjoy being grandparents. That was one of my greatest holidays I ever had.”


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