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.
In December 2019 Chuck was the proud recipient of the PBA Tony Reyes Community Service Award – This is one of the PBA’s most prestigious awards, which is presented annually to a current PBA member who does extraordinary community service, charitable and/or educational contributions over the course of a PBA Tour season. To be eligible, the nominee must be a PBA member in good standing. At the time of Chuck receiving this award he had been a 36 year member of the PBA and continues to hold his PBA card to this day.
The community service award was first presented in 2013, a year after the PBA Tour champion died as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident near his home in northern California. Reyes, one of the PBA’s most popular players, was a former collegiate All-American bowler, an eight-time PBA Regional title winner and the 18th player in PBA history to bowl a nationally-televised 300 game
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 a yellow lab, named Charlie, who is a rescue. They have a daughter, Vicki, who is an accountant for Bowling Solutions and Bowl4Life. She is married to Dylan who is an Officer in the Coast Guard. They reside in Wilmington, NC with their son Bradley and are expecting their second child in April 2021. 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 (who loves motorcross), a daughter named Autumn (busily selecting her college of choice) 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.