WTBA to conduct Strike Gold Celebrity Challenge July 28, 2013 STRIKE GOLD: Info | Entry formLAS VEGAS - Bowling fans will have an opportunity to bowl with the best bowlers in the world when the Strike Gold Celebrity Challenge takes place Aug. 17 at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center in Henderson, Nev.The event will precede the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships and will benefit Special Olympics. The pro-am style event is open to the public and will have squads at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The event will also feature dozens of Special Olympics athletes."We have a very important partnership with Special Olympics, and we are excited to hold a first-class event to raise funds for them," WTBA President and CEO Kevin Dornberger said. "The Strike Gold Celebrity Challenge will be a fun, once-in-a-lifetime event for bowling fans."In addition to the best bowlers in the world, celebrities will also take part in the festivities. Former NBA star Sam Perkins is the first celebrity to RSVP for the event. Perkins works with Special Olympics to conduct basketball clinics around the world. He played 17 seasons in the NBA and won an Olympic gold medal competing for Team USA.The public is welcome to enter the Strike Gold Celebrity Challenge. The three-game event featuring automatic strikes in the third, sixth and ninth frames and offers two entry options.The Striking Gold package is $169 and includes a Storm or Brunswick bowling ball, a current copy of Bowlers Journal International, a one-year subscription to Bowlers Journal International, lunch and refreshments, entertaining impersonators and a social and autograph opportunity with elite world athletes. The Platinum package is $99 and includes all items except the bowling ball.Entry information can be found on the official website of the WTBA World Championships, BOWL.com/World2013.WTBA will also conduct a free youth and special athlete clinic on Aug. 16, which will be run by international coaches and players.Sponsors of these events include Kegel, Storm, Brunswick, Rolltech, Bowlers Journal International, the United States Bowling Congress, the City of Henderson, Station Casinos, Sunset Station and Red Rock Casino Resort.The World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of 112 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA, visit WorldTenpinBowling.com.