The BoLA-thon is a bowling tournament for youth in grades K-12, which takes place annually in Las Veas, Nevada. Each year, over 300 youth participate from various regions of Los Angeles - Little Tokyo, South Bay, San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, as well as from the Greater Los Angeles Japanese community. Between bowling and over 40 raffle prize giveaways, the participants never fail to have a great time. The main purpose of the bowling tournament is to bring together children and families to celebrate and raise awareness about the Budokan of Los Angeles, a proposed 4-court, multi-purpose, sportsplex in historic Little Tokyo, just east of Downtown Los Angeles.



The BoLA-thon is an annual event of the Budokan of Los Angeles project, which is launching a capital campaign to address the need for more recreational opportunities for youth and economic development in historic Little Tokyo by building a multi-purpose sportsplex in Little Tokyo, just east of Downtown Los Angeles. The campaign is led by LTSC Community Development Corporation, a 30-year old social service and community development agency.


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What is a Budokan?

Budokan roughly translates as "martial arts hall" in Japanese. The name is derived from the Nippon Budokan, a large arena in Central Tokyo, Japan. The arena was originally constructed for judo competition during the 1964 Summer Olympics, but today serves as a multi-purpose facility that caters to sports, entertainment and other activities. Currently in the United States, there are numerous budokans which serve as multi-purpose centers for martial arts, team sports such as basketball and volleyball, community activities and other special events.

Budokan of Los Angeles, a Project of Little Tokyo Service Center
231 E Third St, Suite G106
(213) 473-3030