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May 15, 2018 > Bowling tournament awards scholarships to students

Bowling tournament awards scholarships to students

By Zoya Hajee

For nearly two decades, Cloverleaf Family Bowl has hosted the ?Hillman Memorial Scholarship Tournament,? which honors the Hillman family, including Marian and David, and their sons Allan and Rick. In 1963, Marian and David Hillman opened the bowling center to provide educational scholarships to students and promote youth bowling in the community. Since the 1970s, Mike Hillman and Jim Chambers have worked together at Cloverleaf Family Bowl to promote youth bowling programs. Over the years, this tournament has awarded over 3,000 scholarships, totaling $600,000, to assist young bowlers in continuing their education in college.

Mike Hillman?s grandmother passed in 1996, and they decided the best way to honor her would be through a youth event. Outcomes of the tournament reflect their core values of education and opportunities for youth. The event is heavily family-oriented; teams consist of three youth bowlers and two adult bowlers. Two divisions feature 22 teams of five bowlers. More experienced bowlers can participate in a separate ?scratch? division, and handicapped players have their own division where pins are added to each team?s score to allow for a fun, fair game.

Saturday, May 26 will feature a Youth/Adult Doubles and Baker Trio?s event. In the Doubles event, all youth bowlers who advance to the top 24 will receive a scholarship based on their final standing position. The Baker Trio?s event guarantees scholarships to the top four places; each player on the winning team in each of the three divisions will receive a "Storm" Bowling Ball of their choice. Saturday?s events will award around $10,000 in scholarships to youth bowlers. On Sunday, each participant is guaranteed a scholarship. Over the course of both days, $40,000 in scholarships will be awarded.

The 20-year milestone carries great importance to Mike Hillman and his family. ?In the years that followed my grandmother?s passing, I lost my father in 2000, then an uncle in 2005, and then my grandfather in 2009,? Hillman said. ?This event allows me to honor them each year with an event and a cause that has always been important to our family. And that [cause] is youth, families and education.?

The Sunday team event is currently sold out, but there is availability in the Saturday Doubles event and Trio?s event. Everyone interested in donating is welcome to support the cause by visiting

Hillman Memorial Scholarship Tournament
Saturday & Sunday, May 26 & 27
Saturday: 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m.
Cloverleaf Family Bowl
40645 Fremont Blvd, Fremont
(510) 656-4411
Cost: Youth/Adult Doubles: $80 per team, Baker Trio?s: $105 per team

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