BBIA Contributes $10,000 to Pezzano Scholarship Fund

by Bob Johnson 0

The Billiard and Bowling Institute of America has donated $10,000 to the International Bowling Media Association to help perpetuate IBMA's Chuck Pezzano Scholarship for young bowlers who study journalism in college.

“We are proud to be able to make this contribution to such a worthy and important cause,” said BBIA President, Corey Dykstra. “The more people we have discussing bowling through the variety of mediums available today can only benefit the sport by featuring competitive bowling.”

The contribution by BBIA guarantees that the scholarship will be awarded each of the next four years.

“BBIA is an organization filled with industry leaders and successful entrepreneurs who understand the importance and value of bowling being covered in the media — both within and outside of the industry,” said IBMA President, Keith Hamilton. “IBMA is greatly appreciative of BBIA’s support.”

The scholarship, which is named after Hall of Fame journalist Chuck Pezzano, will be presented at the IBMA awards ceremony during the Industry Awards Luncheon at International Bowl Expo this June at Opryland in Nashville, Tenn.

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.

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