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Dedicated bowler makes stop in VT

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It didn't take Natalie Savant long to realize one sport would play a major part in her life.

"My parents bowl. My grandparents bowl. My uncles bowl,"  Savant said.

The ten year old from San Antonio, Texas has hit the alleys since the age of five. This summer, she's hit the road, bowling in each of the forty-eight continental United States.

"I'm trying to raise awareness for the sport,: Savant said.  "You can meet so many people while you're doing it. You can do it no matter how old you are. You can be nine or ninety-nine."

"I'm extremely proud of her," Natalie's mother, Ginger Bess said.  "We're a year past when she decided she wanted to do it and she's just as excited now as she was on day one."

Natalie says during her trip so far, she's learned that in one year, 18,000,000 children bowl while $6,000,000 in bowling scholarships are awarded.

"I think that's amazing. It's just amazing," Savant said.

Natalie has bowled in 5 states over the last 2 days. Friday morning she started in Keene, New Hampshire before arriving in Brattleboro.  After bowling in Brattleboro, Natalie and her mother drove to Buffalo where they will catch a flight back home to Texas.

"We'll probably be home a week or two weeks," Bess said.  "She (Natalie) has a tournament to bowl in the first weekend in August, so we'll pick back up after that. I'm not really sure where she'll go next."

After Friday, Natalie Savant only has ten more states to go. She's traveling long distances, but to this third generation bowler, each lane feels like home.

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