Single youth committee approved by USBC, BPAA

by Bob Johnson 0

The United States Bowling Congress and Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America Boards of Directors have approved the creation of a unified International Bowling Campus Youth Committee.

The new committee will merge the USBC and BPAA Youth Committees.

“This change unifies our volunteers and business leaders in one voice for youth bowling,” said USBC Youth Committee Chair Frank Wilkinson. “Creating the IBC Youth Development Team and bringing USBC and BPAA youth programs together has proven to be successful. This new committee structure can provide even more consistent direction and support.”

The IBC Youth Committee will have 15 members, comprised of six representatives appointed by the USBC Board, six by the BPAA Board, and three athletes.

“Coming together in support of our youth programs continues to be a hallmark accomplishment of the International Bowling Campus,” BPAA President Cathy DeSocio said. “Introducing more young people to bowling is a goal for all our industry leaders, and this new committee sets the stage to streamline decision making and improve programs.”

Youth will continue to have three seats of representation on the USBC Board of Directors, with the IBC Youth Committee recommending those appointments under the oversight of the USBC Nominating Committee.

“We see a common objective among industry leaders to enhance our efficiency and effectiveness for the best interest of bowling,” USBC President Andrew Cain said. “The IBC Youth Committee is a meaningful achievement and it is exciting to see broad industry support backing the move toward positive change.”

The initial IBC Youth Committee will be formed Aug. 1, with representatives from the current USBC and BPAA committees. Future applicants will be asked to submit credentials through a new IBC Youth Nominating Committee, which will present recommendations to the USBC and BPAA Boards of Directors for consideration.

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.