Meet the Founder


Chuck Gardner, Founder

    

Chuck Gardner, aka “Chuck on the Truck”, has been in and around bowling for 40+ years. He is now considered a leader in the bowling industry, not only in the United States, but Internationally as well.

In 2013 the Chuck Gardner Bowl4Life Scholarship Foundation was established. The foundation was originally designed to run team travel events, over a nine month period of time, to help the youth bowlers prepare for Junior Gold.   Chuck desired to create more of a legacy with Bowl4Life and to touch a greater number of junior bowlers, throughout the United States. Therefore, the Bowl4Life mission moved in the direction of growing the sport of bowling and assisting young people in their quest of paying for college.  

In January 2007 Chuck accepted a position with Brunswick as the Southeastern Product Specialist and later became the Brunswick Pro Staff Tour Rep. Chuck remains proud to represent the Brunswick family of bowling and looks forward to many more successful years with Brunswick. Chuck’s primary responsibility is to provide both coaching and technical support to the PBA Tour player staffs with Brunswick, DV8 and Radical brands. Chuck travels more than 225 nights per year and has the opportunity to coach bowlers all over the world in his clinics.

Prior to Chuck’s position with Brunswick he was the Director of Coaching and Tour Support for Columbia Industries. In this position Chuck also traveled with the National PBA Tour, in a very similar capacity as his current position with Brunswick. He also held coaching clinics throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Chuck began his tenure with Columbia Industries in November 2001 where initially he was both a Tour Staff Player and Tour Representative. He served as the East Coast Sales Manager until May of 2005 when he accepted the Director of Coaching and Tour Support position. 

Chuck has been named by Bowlers Journal as a Top 100 Coach several times and is a Silver Level Coach with USBC. He enjoys helping people of all skill levels improve their game. He has been a PBA member for over 40 years, retiring from the National PBA Tour in November of 2002. He would welcome the opportunity to frequent the Senior PBA 50 Tour, and perhaps that may occur if he ever has a much need knee replacement. Chuck is the former Director of Pro Shop Operations for AMF Bowling and owned his own 32 lane family recreation center in Franklin, VA for about 7 years, selling the center in 1998.

He currently resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife Deborah, who is the Corporate Controller for a Virginia based 3,000 resident Home Owners Association, Hotel and Golf Course. They have two yellow labs, Lexi & Miley, both rescues. They have a daughter, Vicki, who is an accountant for the PBA, Bowling Solutions and Bowl4Life.  She is married to Dylan who is an Officer in the Coast Guard. They reside in Kentucky with their son Bradley. Chuck & Deborah also have a son, Chuck II, who lives in Gastonia, NC. Chuck II is the Operations Manager for Bowling Solutions, a family owned small chain of bowling retail stores. Chuck II and his wife Tiffany, who is a school teacher and both very active in the Bowl4Life Foundation.  They have a son named Gavin, a daughter named Autumn and a Pit Bull named Colt.

Chuck’s idea of relaxing most recently involves stay-cations at his lakefront home. Unless Deborah can entice him to an exotic island, free of hustle, bustle, e-mail and telephones.