Valdosta Daily Times

July 23, 2013

Kids' Chance Bowling

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — In a dozen years, the annual Kids’ Chance Bowling Tournament and Auction has raised more than $100,000 for children whose parents were seriously injured or killed on the job.

The 13th Annual Kids’ Chance Bowling Tournament and Auction will hopefully raise thousands more come next month, Aug. 3.

Organizers are also selling Boston butt, ham, turkey and sausage for $25 now through tournament day. These barbecued meats can be picked up Aug. 10, a week after the tournament.

Kids’ Chance provides scholarships for the children of parents who are seriously injured or killed on the job.

In 1988, Valdosta attorney Robert Clyatt founded Kids’ Chance. Clyatt worked as a workers’ compensation attorney. Through his work, he saw the catastrophic impact work-place injuries and deaths had on families. With the loss of income, a college education became a near-impossibility for many children of the injured and dead.

Assisted by the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Georgia Bar, Clyatt incorporated Kids’ Chance with the mission of raising scholarship money for the Georgia children of parents killed or injured on the job.

Based on the success in Georgia, Kids’ Chance branched out to other states. Approximately half of the nation’s states have Kids’ Chance organizations.

Money raised during the Aug. 3 Kids’ Chance event goes to help children in Georgia. It is a nine-pin, no-tap bowling tournament. Teams must have five members. Individuals can register and organizers will find them a team. The cost is $25 per bowler. An auction is scheduled to follow the tournament. Raffle tickets for a charcoal/gas grill are available now through tournament day.

The 13th Annual Kids’ Chance Bowling Tournament is scheduled to start 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, Jac’s Bowling Lanes, 406 Connell Road. Registration fee: $25 per person. More tournament information: Call Jac’s Lanes, (229) 242-2695; or Diane McIrvin, (229) 563-8007. More information on Kids’ Chance, visit