Apr 21 - 22, 2018

2018 National Bowling Tournament

Indianapolis, IN

Please save the date for the next National Bowling Tournament, which will be held on April 21-22, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN.

Feb 17, 2018

2018 Waukegan Lodges Basketball Tournament

Waukegan, IL

On Saturday, February 17th, St. Joseph #53 and St. Mary #79 of Waukegan kept the tradition of KSKJ basketball alive, when they hosted a one day round robin basketball tournament for members and guests.

The tournament, which was open to high school age men and up, provided the spectators with plenty of good competition and entertainment.  For the third straight year, youth won out over experience, when the younger family team of Steve Drinka, Alex Pasiewicz, Anthony, Danny, Drew, Matt, and Zack Rygiel and friends, finished ahead of the teams of seasoned veterans.

Special thanks to the many Waukegan KSKJ members who pitched in and made this such a great day, especially the coordinators Mike Brown, Lance Johnson, and Jay Lerner.  Also, to the dedicated members who staffed the concession stand and kept everyone hydrated, your efforts were very much appreciated.  To the fans, we thank you for supporting our efforts.

There are probably many of you that remember playing in or attending some of the old KSKJ Basketball tournaments, that began in the 1930’s.  Well, those days may be behind us, but the new tournament in Waukegan looks to be here for years to come.  Next year, why don’t you come join us and help keep the tradition alive?

CLICK HERE to view pictures from the game.

May 9, 2017

2017 National Bowling Tournament

Waukegan, IL

A great time was had by all who attended the KSKJ Life National Bowling Tournament held in Waukegan, IL April 21-23, 2017.  To view photos from the weekend’s events, please click here.

Feb 24, 2018

2017 National Golf Tournament Recap

To say the fourth annual KSKJ Life National Golf Tournament was a success would be quite the understatement. It was the epitome of true fraternalism— social and charitable—all day long.

Blessed with sunny skies and a challenging breeze, 116 golfers (of various skill levels) flocked to Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan, Ill. on June 25. The golfers were treated to a huge Sunday brunch, followed by a 1 p.m. shot gun start.

While the participants were mainly golfers from Illinois and Wisconsin, KSKJ Life lodges, members, and friends from all around the country made their presence known through our “Hole Sponsor” initiative. Many supporters made a $50 charitable donation to the KSKJ Life Scholarship Fund, and a 20” x 30” sign displaying their information was then strategically placed throughout the course. 41 generous donors contributed to the cause.

Out on the course, there were a few contests and even a raffle to raise money for a local veteran’s group, the Midwest Veteran’s Closet. Golfers were asked to bring gently used men’s clothing and new men’s underwear. Mary Carmody, president of the Veteran’s Closet was overwhelmed as she collected just under 500 items from us, ranging from suits, all the way down to socks and underwear. We also presented the Veteran’s Closet the proceeds from the on-course contests and raffle (which totaled $1040), and a $100 Charitable Giving award from KSKJ Life ($50 each from Lodges #53 and #79).

Back in the club house, there was a little more fundraising for the KSKJ Life Scholarship Fund through our prize raffle and auction. When the day was over, the proceeds from the raffle, auction, skins competition (no skins were won, golfers voted to donate the money) and the hole sponsorship brought in $3975 for the KSKJ Life Scholarship Fund.

A huge thank you to everyone who generously supported this tournament – from the golfers, to the committee, to the many St. Joseph Lodge #53 and St. Mary Lodge #79 volunteers, and to our awesome donors. What can I say? Raising over $5,000 for charity doesn’t just happen by chance. It takes the selfless acts of kindness and giving that were everpresent throughout this event.

Golf Tournament Photos

Click here to check out our Facebook album with photos from the event!

Save the Date 


Nov 4 - 5, 2017

2017 Midwest Bowling Tournament

Joliet, IL

You asked for it, and we are bringing it back!

Mario and Melissa Medved are coordinating the Midwest Bowling Tournament again in Joliet, IL on Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5, 2017. Entries to compete are due October 30, 2017.

We are trying something new this year to try and get everyone involved. We will have 2 categories this year: COMPETITION and FRIENDLY bowling. Competitive bowling is $75 per team, and Friendly bowling is $10 a person for 3 games. All are welcome to bowl. Please mark the entry form as “Friendly” so we can get an idea of how many people are bowling.

We will be having 50/50 raffle with baskets for the raffle again, and a band will be performing at Bases Loaded Bar & Grill at Town & Country Lanes from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday night.

KSKJ Life Official Bowling Tournament Rules
Midwest Bowling Tournament Entry Form
Bowling Tournament Flyer

Alley Address:
Town & Country Lanes
2231 W Jefferson St, Joliet, IL 60435

Alley Phone:

Hotel Address:
Best Western Joliet
Enterprise Drive Joliet, IL

Hotel Phone:
815-730-7500 4380



Dec 1, 2017 - Apr 30, 2018

2018 ABC Bowling Tournament

The ABC, Alternative Bowling Competition, will be back for its fifth year. Like last year, the competition is open to all youth members. The contest will run from December 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018. Random winners from each division will be selected at the end of the ABC.

Registration will open on December 1, 2017. In the meantime, learn more about the ABC Youth Bowling Tournament here.

Oct 20, 2017 - May 15, 2018

Student Athlete Recognition & Award Program

applyThe Student Athlete recognition and award program, which began in the fall of 2008, is back again for the 2017-2018 school year. The program, which is designed to recognize our young adult members who work hard on the field and even harder in the classroom, is open to all students, both high school and college, aged up to 25 years old.  Enter in your information sometime during the school year to participate. Registration closes May 15, 2018. Fifteen random winners will be selected from the list of student athletes, and each winner will receive a $100 educational award.

View previous winners here.

Apply Now >

Message from the Director


Members enjoy team camaraderie and friendly competition among lodges and regions as they gather for regional and national tournaments for bowling, basketball, and golf. The tournaments are held in a different host city each year. Lodges send individuals and teams of boys, girls, men and women to compete and vie for national trophies and prizes.

Please email me if you would like to receive the Athletics e-newsletter to keep informed about upcoming events!

MaryLou Stefanick
National Director of Athletics