*On Saturday June 28, the Fuller B. Gordy Foundation (FBGF) sponsored a bowling outing for about 35 mentees of The Menformation Project – a faith-based, non-profit, rites of passage organization that mentors boys 8 to 17 years old, in partnership with Challengers Boys & Girls Club. The event took place at the fabulous El Dorado Bowling Lanes in Westchester (CA).
It was a fun time as the boys – many of whom were first time bowlers – learned the fundamentals of bowling from coaches who participate in the annual Fuller B. Gordy “Strikefest” Bowling Invitational.
Marcus Farrow, Menformation President & CEO said, “Most of these boys come from father-absent households, and they come with anger and a lot of other issues. We try to create an environment where they can be boys without having the outside peer pressure to behave otherwise.”
Since 2009 Menformation has impacted the lives of hundreds of at-risk boys of color in the Los Angeles area. They teach life-skills and promote educational programs which encourage young urban boys to improve their aptitudes and life aspirations by observing ‘The 22 Principles of Manhood.”
After the warm-up game and enjoying pizza and soft drinks, the boys resumed bowling with greater confidence and enthusiasm as they put into practice the coaching instruction. “I can definitely see some improvement” said Karla Gordy Bristol (co-founder of FBGF) who was one of the coaches.
Iris Gordy, FBGF Founder & President told the boys, “My father Fuller B. Gordy was the first black professional bowler to become a member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) in the state of Michigan. He would have been so proud of you all today. Let this experience be a lesson that if you focus and put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything you want in life.”
Menformation does mentoring every fourth Saturday of the month from 10AM to 1PM. For more information call (310) 984-6931 or visit their website at www.menformation.org
The website for FBGF is www.friendsoffuller.org