Across nearly three-fourths of the United States, AMF Bowling Co. reverberates year-round as families, friends, and competitors send bowling balls in search of upright pins careening down slick lanes. The company first established itself as an industry leader in 1946, the same year the sport introduced automated pinspotters.
Today, more than 20 million bowlers annually make AMF their battleground for wars against pins. As the largest owner and and operator of bowling centers in the US, AMF locations offer high-tech scoring technology, a classic design, and a menu stocked with American-inspired classics such as wings, pizzas, burgers, and beer.
Guests who visit the Texas Sports Hall of Fame enjoy more than 35,000 square feet of legendary sports artifacts and famous memorabilia from more than 300 Lone Star State athletes. Nominated by fans and confirmed by a board of professional sportswriters, the inductees of the Hall of Fame span across a variety of sports and accomplishments, from heavyweight boxing champ George Foreman, legendary pitcher Nolan Ryan, and track and field gold medalist Mildred Didrikson Zaharias. Groups learn how to calculate sports statistics and about the importance of fitness during interactive tours, while events such as the Lone Star Tailgate invite adults to further the community over a shared sense of state pride and common obsessive-compulsive superstitions.
As a kid, making new friends was as easy as joining the local Little League team, or going out on the playground during recess. But with their full-time jobs, committed relationships, and crippling fear of the monkey bars, adults don’t have it that easy. That’s where Texas Sports & Social Club steps in, organizing recreational co-ed sports leagues for people aged 21 and older.
Season after season, Texas SSC gives grown-ups the chance to stay active both physically and socially. It fashions leagues for flag football, softball, and kickball, and partners with community parks to host games. Participants can get in on the action by joining existing teams as free agents, or even by recruiting their friends and dearest sock puppets to forge their own squad.