About Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South is proud to announce its 38th Annual Bowlin' on the River Bowl-A-Thon, taking place April 13 & 27, 2024. The event is full of fun competition, good food and drink, music, and prizes! It provides an excellent team-building experience and networking opportunity for your group.

What is a Bowl-A-Thon?

The JA Bowl-A-Thon is the greatest source of funding for JA economic education programs. Each year, companies and individuals throughout the Mid-South community form bowling teams to participate. Each bowler raises donations from friends, family, and colleagues. The teams then come together and celebrate their hard work with a two-hour bowling session. It's a fun filled time with drawings, trivia, and other prize give-a-ways. The best part is that all proceeds are used to help JA inspire the next generation of students into their economic success pathways.

Why bowl for Junior Achievement?

Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South began teaching practical young people real-world skills in 1955. We are the community's oldest organization dedicated to giving young people the practical knowledge and skills they need to plan for their future and make smart choices.

JA's programs focus on the areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. In Memphis, more than 25,000 students participate in JA each year. Our programs are taught by volunteers from all walks of life, including: business people, college students, parents and retirees. These dedicated individuals are the backbone of our organization.

Your participation in JA Bowl-A-Thon provides economic education to local K-12 students. Companies will enjoy this one of a kind team-building event, where co-workers will strategize, compete, and bond in their fundraising efforts. In addition to helping an amazing cause, you will also have a chance to receive great prizes for your fundraising efforts. Don'tt let your company miss out on making a STRIKING difference!

How many students benefit from JA and what do they learn?

More than 25,000 students from Memphis and the Mid-South benefit annually from our classroom programs and in-person, hands-on experiences in JA BizTown, JA Finance Park, and JA Inspire. Our programs are designed to be hands-on and engaging, giving students a real-life look at how a free market enterprise economy works. Our team of volunteers visits K-12 classrooms and presents JA curriculum while supplementing the session with their own life experiences. Our Binghampton headquarters, the Wang Experiential Learning Center, houses an incredible simulated city called JA BizTown as well as a personal finance journey, JA Finance Park. Students learn a curriculum in their classroom before visiting to operate the city for a day as well as their journey in personal finance. For more info, please visit our website at www.jamemphis.org. These programs are largely funded by the proceeds of the Bowl-A-Thon.