The first time Bell junior Diana Castillo told her friends she was leaving class a little early for bowling practice, they responded with puzzled looks: What? There’s a bowling team?
“People question if it’s even a sport sometimes,” Castillo said.
For D.C. Public Schools this winter, however, bowling is a varsity sport for the first time — and only for girls. It’s part of an effort by the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association to boost girls’ participation in sports and improve its compliance with Title IX, the law mandating gender equity at all federally funded institutions.