March 13, 2014
Vanderbilt student-athletes donate several thousand hours a year to make the Middle Tennessee community a better place. The nationally ranked bowling team has annually been involved to help special needs persons and earlier this week the Commodores joined forces with the Greater Nashville Hospitality Association and the Arc of Davidson County for the third annual Bowling for a Cause.
The cause was to help support people with disabilities that are transitioning into the hospitality workforce. The event has been able to raise $4,000- $5,000 which supports the Arc's hospitality job training program, which pairs people with disabilities with career coaches to teach them the necessary skills to be successful in the workplace.
Local hotels and hospitality businesses entered teams in this fun outing and a member of Vandy's talented bowling squad joined each group.
"Like every program in our department, we are looking for ways to give back and help build," says Vanderbilt Bowling Coach John Williamson. "We admire the work being done by the city's hospitality association and the Arc of Davidson County and are proud to play a small role in this successful event. Our young women look forward to participating; some of them form friendships and are invited to bowl with the same organizations each year."