PBA League owner roster adds a heartthrob

by Bob Johnson 0

Jesse Williams, who stars as Dr. Jackson Avery on the ABC series “Grey’s Anatomy,” will be the eighth and final owner of a Professional Bowlers Assn. League team in its inaugural 2013 season.

PBA Commissioner Tom Clark announced that Williams, who also is a model and has appeared in a number of movies and television shows, will be the owner of the Brooklyn STyLES in the PBA League. His team includes franchise player and reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash, PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., four-time tour winner Ryan Shafer, tour titlist Ryan Ciminelli, Jason Sterner and supplemental pick Tom Hess, the 2011 USBC Masters champion.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be welcomed into the PBA family with such a great, collaborative opportunity,” Williams said. “Here, inside the Brooklyn STyLES organization, we’re eager to further promote the sport, and with the help of our tremendous athletes, bring a championship title to the great Borough of Brooklyn.”

An avid bowler, Williams has competed in NBA star Chris Paul’s PBA League Celebrity All-Stars tournament the last two years, and in 2012 won the event’s “Celebrity Shootout” competition.

“We’ve really enjoyed getting to know Jesse at the last two Chris Paul PBA events,” said Clark. “He has a lot of fun bowling and has a winning entrepreneurial spirit that makes him perfect as an owner in the PBA League.  Jesse is a TV heartthrob. He brings a touch of Hollywood to the PBA and a fan base we look forward to introducing to the best in bowling.”

Williams completes the list of owners that includes Los Angeles Clippers star guard Chris Paul, former Pittsburgh Steelers star running back Jerome Bettis, former NFL All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens, sports icon Billie Jean King, actor/comedian Kevin Hart, comedian and Internet innovator Chris Hardwick, and Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro linebacker LaMarr Woodley.

“We have a beautifully diverse group of owners for the eight teams in the PBA League,” said Clark. “While all eight owners are obviously extremely talented, above all, they are incredibly admirable people. They have an amazing work ethic, are involved in charitable causes, are among the most fan-friendly celebrities and, to top it off, have some of the best smiles on the planet. The PBA is proud to be affiliated with this group and inspired by their passionate interest in the PBA.”

A native of Chicago and graduate of Temple University, Williams began his professional career teaching American, African and African-American History in low-income Philadelphia public charter schools. From there, he moved to New York City and, after working at a law firm, began his professional acting career, performing off-Broadway at The Cherry Lane Theatre, under the direction of award-winning playwright Edward Albee in “The Sandbox.”

In addition to his starring role on “Grey’s Anatomy,” Williams also has appeared in series such as “Law & Order” and “Greek.” His feature film roles include “The Cabin in the Woods,” “Brooklyn’s Finest,” “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,” and the highly anticipated “The Butler.”

He splits his time between Brooklyn and Los Angeles.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.