Cross-training #185

The Modesto Bee noted that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith threw a few shots to open up the pro-am for a PBA West regional event at Yosemite Lanes this past weekend. Smith is expected to re-sign with the 49ers once the NFL lockout ends.

Cross-training #184 noted that the next event for Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson’s C.A.T.C.H. (Curing Autism Through Change and Hope) Foundation will be the Strike Out! Autism Bowling Fundraiser on July 28 at East Village Tavern and Bowl.

Cross-training #183

The Fox affiliate in Orlando noted that some lucky kids bowled with Magic center Dwight Howard as he kicked off his D12 Foundation at the No Pin Left Behind Bowling Tournament at AMF Altamonte Lanes this past Saturday.

Cross-training #182

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel noted that Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder was the host of the team’s bowl-a-thon last night at the Pinstrikes Bowling Center at IPic Entertainment at the Bayshore Town Center in Glendale, WI. Proceeds from the event went toward building a library for the Young Leaders Academy at the Northside YMCA.

Cross-training #181

Had to get this in…

A Native American-focused website noted that the Boston Bruins had part of the celebration of the franchise’s first Stanley Cup championship in nearly 40 years at the High Rollers Luxury Lanes & Lounge at Foxwoods Resort & Casino (owned in part by the Mashantucket Pequot tribe). Part of the celebration was the consumption of a $100K bottle of Ace of Spades “Midas” champagne, the empty bottle of which the players autographed and is now on display inside the bowling lounge.

Cross-training #180

The Maryland Gazette noted that Usama Young of the New Orleans Saints, a graduate of Largo High School outside of Washington, DC, would hold a bowling event at an area center last night to benefit his youth foundation. The event was part of a community service weekend, something many NFL players do in their hometowns in the offseason.

Cross-training #179 reported that the Chicago White Sox held their annual celebrity bowling tournament at the Chicago Lucky Strike Lanes just hours after wrapping up a ten-game homestand. The event, as usual, benefited the pediatric oncology departments at two area hospitals.

Cross-training #178

A Pittsburgh Steelers fan site has noted that linebacker James Farrior will have his weekend fundraiser for his charity foundation this weekend in Richmond, VA, and that it will include a bowling event.

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Cross-training #177

This is what passes for an OTA in an NFL affected by a lockout…

The Palm Beach Post notes that Cam Newton, the #1 draft pick of the Carolina Panthers, is slated to participate in future teammate David Clowney’s celebrity weekend, which will end with a celebrity bowling tournament on June 5 at the Strikes at Boca center in Boca Raton, FL.

Cross-training #176

The Texas Rangers noted that ace pitcher C.J. Wilson will host his third annual “Strike Out” charity event at the Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Dinner Lounge in the Arlington Highlands Shopping Center on April 21, with proceeds benefiting patients at Cook’s Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth.

Cross-training #175

The Canadian Press noted that New York Knicks center Ronny Turiaf, along with Maurice Evans and Etan Thomas of the Atlanta Hawks, participated in former Knicks star John Starks’ celebrity bowling tournament on Tuesday, the proceeds of which will be used to fund academic grants to disadvantaged students in the tri-state area and Starks’ hometown of Tulsa, OK.

Cross-training #174

The Toronto Sun noted that the Raptors hit a local bowling alley during a recent road trip stop in Milwaukee. Julian Wright appeared to be the best bowler on the team, as he brought a two-ball (strike ball and spare ball) arsenal with him.

Cross-training #173

The Tampa Tribune noted that Rays players were present for outfielder B.J. Upton’s charity event for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Monday night at Splitsville Lanes in Channelside, FL.

Cross-training #172

The Newark Star-Ledger notes that New York Mets manager Terry Collins plans to take his team bowling three or four times during spring training, but that pitchers probably wouldn’t be allowed to participate.

Cross-training #170

In a feature on Staten Island native Steve Gregory, a safety for the San Diego Chargers, notes that he, with his SG Squad foundation, hosted a San Diego-area elementary school on a bowling outing during the holiday season.

Cross-training #169

A Business Wire press release notes that Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce will hold his annual “The Truth Strikes Again” celebrity bowling event at the new High Rollers Luxury Lanes and Lounge at Foxwoods Resort and Casino. Pierce will be joined by several current and former teammates, as well as a few Patriots players, including receiver Wes Welker. The event benefits Pierce’s Truth On Health Campaign.

Cross-training #168

Terrell Owens has made a commitment to help 81 needy families (matching his jersey number) during the holidays in each city he plays in, and he brought this tradition to Cincinnati Monday with his “81 Cares Bowl” event benefiting the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, as noted by ESPN. His Bengals “partner-in-crime,” Chad Ochocinco, was a participant, as well as many of Owens’ other teammates.

Cross-training #167

A affiliate reports that Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau will host a bowling fundraiser at the Lucky Strike Lanes in his native New Westminster, British Columbia on Jan. 6. The proceeds will go to the New Westminster Firefighters’ Charitable Society.

Cross-training #165

The Kansas City Star notes that offensive lineman Branden Albert and tight end Leonard Pope of the Chiefs will play host to a charity bowling event tomorrow night from 6-9 PM local time at the Lucky Strike on Grand Blvd. A $20 cover per person allows unlimited bowling and shoes, with a portion of the proceeds going to the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Cross-training #164

A Chicago sports blog notes that fans of the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks will have the opportunity to bowl with defenseman Brent Seabrook and some of his teammates when he hosts his third annual Celebrity ICE Bowl Sunday at the 10pin Bowling Lounge on N. State St. The event benefits the Inner City Education (ICE) Program, which provides educational opportunities for low-income youth hockey players.

Cross-training #163

KPHO 5 in Phoenix noted that the Arizona Cardinals would host their third annual Kingpin Challenge charity event last night (?) at the Brunswick Kyrene Lanes in Chandler, AZ, benefiting the club’s charitable foundation.

Cross-training #162

Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams recently told the Journal-Constitution that he played host for a bowling event (the word local was used, but I couldn’t determine if he meant Atlanta or Chapel Hill, NC, where he spends his off-season) for Special Olympics, which he’s been a volunteer for since his sophomore year in high school.

Cross-training #161

The Chicago Bears noted that wide receiver Devin Aromashodu hosted a “Stars and Strikes” charity tournament Monday night at the Pinstripes bowling lounge in Northbrook, Ill. Proceeds will be used to take 25 children from the Chicago Housing Authority on a shopping spree at a local Target store.

Cross-training #160

New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada told USA Today that he’s planning a bowling tournament for his charitable foundation on Nov. 7 at Chelsea Piers. His foundation came about after his son was born with a condition that prematurely fuses the bones of his skull together.

Cross-training #159

As noted on a blog attached to the Chicago Sun-Times, the White Sox held their first-ever White Sox Charities Celebrity Bowling Classic last night at the Chicago Lucky Strike Lanes. Many current and former White Sox players joined some of the coaching staff and general manager Ken Williams for the event, which supports, through the foundation, pediatric cancer research at two area children’s hospitals.

Cross-training #158

An Indianapolis Colts blog noted that the team had an offense-vs-defense bowling event after Monday’s walk-through practice. The offense won, but, according to one of the quoted tweets, the defense suspected quarterback Peyton Manning had a hand in rigging the outcome.

Cross-training #157

This post to the ChicagoNow blog mentions the bowling party that is part of Dwayne Wade’s weekend for his “Wade’s World” foundation this weekend. The post includes a video interview with D-Wade, but there was no mention of if Wade’s new Miami Heat teammates, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, would be involved.

Cross-training #156

When he was head coach of the Denver Broncos, Mike Shanahan made it a custom to take his team bowling in lieu of a walk-through practice on the Monday before the second pre-season game, and, as Comcast SportsNet Washington notes, the “tradition” has carried on to his new team, the Redskins.