Jonathan Wright sporting his “lucky” McLaren Automotive shirt at MaxBowl-Humble
August 13th, 2020
Jonathan Wrightis a homeschooled student, young entrepreneur and dedicated bowler. Between the ages of 2 to 6 years-old, he had been hospitalized and in the ICU several times due to his asthma. Because of his health issues his mother, Nik Jones decided to homeschool him. Since then, they have developed a very thorough routine. He attends class Sunday through Thursday every week from 9 to 2 PM. They have completely transformed a guest bedroom in their house to a classroom. Jones joked that during class time, “he [doesn’t] know whether to call her Mom or Ms. Jones.”
Jonathan has an attachment to animals, specifically dogs. As a child, he wanted to be a veterinarian, which later inspired him to start his doggy daycare a few years ago. Jonathan runs a successful business with a diverse group of dogs, young and old, running around their property in Crosby, Texas. In the future, he hopes to take business management courses, combining his financial literacy with his passions.
Jonathan began bowling recreationally with his Mother and Father for amusement. His parents thought bowling would be safe enough for Jonathan to manage his asthma and still have fun. His fascination for bowling developed overnight where he decided he wanted to become a professional. Jones soon placed Jonathan in the MaxBowl-Humble Youth League coached by Mike Ward. “[Jonathan] is the biggest competitor [who] takes everything to heart,” says Jones. Jonathan and his bowling partner, Matthew Sorola, won 1st Place in the Division 2 Doubles Event at the State Tournament in June. Jones says, “[Jonathan] lives at [MaxBowl-Humble], he is here almost everyday.” Jonathan’s fondness of the sport has opened his mindset to new opportunities. After picking up bowling, he “eventually wants to start [his] own bowling shoe company.” As many bowlers know, shoes are a big part of the game. “Shoes are different, just like every lane is different,” says Jonathan. He aspires to, “create a company that develops [his] own line of the best bowling shoes.”
You can find Jonathan at MaxBowl-Humble on Lane 27 (his favorite) almost any day of the week. Wearing his “lucky” Mclaren Automotive shirt, he practices the two-handed bowling method. At the alley, whenever a bowling ball is not in his hands, a carbonated Sprite is. It’s his go-to bowling drink. However, he does not eat anything before or during bowling. He suspects that eating weighs him down and that, “even just one french fry will throw [him] off.”
Jonathan’s advice to people who are interested in bowling is simple, “don’t give up on it. Practice makes perfect. Treat it as the sport it is.” And lastly, “Make your spares.”
Jonathan would like to give a special shout out to Coach Mike Ward, “one of the nicest people [he’s] ever met in [his] life. He’s patient and knowledgeable. He always tells us to “have fun first.”” Also, big thanks to Coach Phillip Sorola, Travis Sorola and his bowling partner, Matthew Sorola. Lastly he is grateful to his parents, Nik Jones and Neville Wright, for letting him go to the bowling alley as often as he does. Nik Jones adds that she is, “very appreciative of how everyone at MaxBowl is precautionary, [she] can see the efforts that MaxBowl has put in place [since COVID-19].”