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Youth bowling program rolls perfect strike

For Spare Time owner Jeff Dillow, the free bowling promotion will be a strike if it gives youth something positive to do this summer.

And if it attracts a few more customers to the Ironton bowling alley, well, that would be like following it up with a spare.

Dillow is participating in the national Kids Bowl Free program for the first time, joining more than 750 centers in nearly all 50 states.

The program allows children to bowl two free games each day all summer long.

This is a positive program that has proven results elsewhere because it promotes a fun, safe and family-friendly activity in those long summer days that sometimes allow youth the opportunity to find less positive things to get into.

Dillow should be applauded for his proactive approach to providing youth recreational opportunities but also for working to strengthen his own business, a move that essentially helps ensure Ironton-area families have bowling opportunities for years to come.

The Kids Bowl Free program is fairly simple, too.

To participate, parents or children have to register online at www.kidsbowlfree.com/ sparetimeOH to get the necessary passes. After registration, those interested will receive certificates to play two free games each day during certain hours.

Shoe rentals and concessions are not included. A family pass option is also available.

Dillow and organizers of the national program should be proud of the perfect game they are bowling.