Our purpose is to highlight/recognize Black women and women of color who are underrepresented in the sport of bowling. There are no restrictions on our age and level of which we bowl.
GG founded Black Girls Can Bowl 2 'BGCB2' in January of 2017. When GG participated in her first ever Team USA Trials in 2014, out of about 100 women competing there were 3 women of color, including herself. At the 2017 Team USA Trials she noticed once again out of the 100 plus women there were still only about 3-4 women of color competing. GG aged out of the youth division in 2016, so in 2017 she was trying out for the Adult Team USA. Although she didn't fulfill her goal, she congratulated all those who did. During the ceremony where those are awarded their Team USA, GG observed there were no women of color on either the youth or adult team; there weren't any men of color on either team as well. Not seeing anyone who resembled herself is how this group was created.
"In my opinion bowling is predominantly a white sport, so I decided to give those who look like me a platform, and that's when I came up with the idea #BGCB2. I was trying to find ways to get female bowlers of color to unite, interact, and be willing to share each others' success stories."
During GG's 4 years of college she was the only African American female bowler on the University of Nebraska -Lincoln Women's Bowling Team. Throughout her 4 years she barely spoke to other African American female athletes from the other teams who attended the same tournaments.
"I want that to change for the future athletes. I want the girls to be able to attend tournaments, speak to someone they may have never spoke to before, interact and network. I now get sent pictures of girls from different teams or even group pictures. This definitely makes me feel like I didn't do a disservice for those who come after me." -GG
Posted: November 18, 2018
Team USA Trials
2014 - 3 women of color
2015 - 3 to 4 women of color
2016 - 3 to 4 women of color
2017 - 4 to 5 women of color
2018 - 6 women of color
2019 - 12 women of color
2020 - & counting!!!!!!
We are growing and that is all that matters!