The Rice Sport Management Department put on the most successful Owl Bowl in the event’s three-year history, generating $30,000 in revenue. The event, which was held April 25, also saw every lane of the 44-lane Palace Lanes sold out for the first time in the event’s history.
Over 175 participants attended and bowled for three hours, with the highest team-score earning first place in the bowling tournament. The participants also enjoyed a catered dinner by Cafe Express as well as mingled with nearly two dozen Rice and Houston-area athletes.
Approximately 40 volunteers also worked the event, including every member of the SMGT 366: Event and Facility Management, as well as numerous Rice student-athletes. The match was also attended by the Houston Texans’ James Casey and the Houston Dynamo's Tyler Deric.
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