B-CU Bowler Looks Ahead to Career after Graduation
With graduation fast approaching, Kim Roe, captain of the B-CU women's bowling team, is ready to take her game to the next level. This week, Roe faces off with some of the best talent in the nation at the 2010 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Queens tournament, making her first move into semi-professional bowling. She is also preparing for the NCAA Career in Sports Forum that she will attend in May.
The Queens tournament pits some of top national amateur and professional bowlers head-to-head for a share of prize funds. Held in El Paso, Texas, the event corresponds with the USBC Women's Championships.
"I think it’s a great opportunity for Kim," said B-CU Head Bowling Coach Tony O'Neal. "I definitely believe she has the opportunity to bowl at the next level, and this is a great tournament for her to show her talents against some of the best competition in the country."
"I really am excited for this chance," said Roe. "I just want to make our area and school proud; and to show that collegiate bowlers are not just limited to playing only for their time in school."
At B-CU, Roe accumulated a 13,006 total pinfall over 67 games, resulting in a 194.1 pins per game average. As a Wildcat, she earned honors as a first-team All-MEAC bowler, on the MEAC All-Tournament team, and was named honorable mention All-America. Hailing from New Smyrna Beach, Roe is one of B-CU's top all-time bowlers and served well as a captain and leader.
"Bowling is progression," noted Coach O'Neal. "Breaking into any field, especially at the professional level, takes time. For Kim, it's the next logical step, though she will definitely have to pay her dues and go out and play on the national circuit. As she progresses and succeeds, more financial opportunities will come her way."
Following the tournament, Kim will have the opportunity to explore another career path. She is among a select group invited to attend the NCAA’s Career in Sports Forum which helps current and former student-athletes learn about careers in coaching and collegiate athletics administration.
As a captain and leader of the Lady Wildcat program, Roe demonstrated an ability to work with other young athletes, helping her teammates hone their technique and prepare for the mental aspects of the game. Since her parents are both bowling coaches, this potential career path is a natural fit for her.
"Once I'm done playing, I see myself working at a school, but also as a coach at a high school or even at a college to pass on what I've learned over my career,” said Roe, an elementary education major.
"It is a perfect opportunity for her," concluded Coach O'Neal, "and it will allow her to grow personally and professionally, while representing Bethune-Cookman University, her family, and the city of Daytona Beach.”
About Bethune Cookman University:
Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000. For more information, visit www.cookman.edu.