Presented to a bowling center proprietor or manager, or industry partner, or a non-bowling media representative who effectively uses a form of media to benefit the BPAA or to make significant contributions to further the sport and/or business of bowling.
2003 Rick Press, Fort Worth (TX) Star Telegram
2004 Bud Fisher
2005 Ellen DeGeneres
2007 Good Morning America
208 Matt Fiorito, Detroit Free Press
2009 Kent Lowe – Baton Rouge Advocate
2010 No Recipient
2011 ESPN Radio Mike and Mike in the Morning
2012 No Recipient
2013 John & Joe Laspina
2014 Chicago Sun-Times
2015 Kids Bowl Free
2016 Dude Perfect
2017 Kevin Hong
Additional BPAA awards
BPAA Proprietor of the Year Award
The proprietor selected by the BPAA Awards Committee will have excelled at developing relationships within their community including comradery with their local USBC association, actively promote the sport of bowling and have either a strong league base, success in hosting tournaments and/or strong BPAA program participation.
Although all states can continue recognizing a proprietor each year within their state, BPAA will recognize one proprietor as BPAA Proprietor of the Year in 2017. As this is a new program, we encourage all states to carefully consider submitting a name of the most outstanding proprietor in their state even if they may have been recognized in the past. No one is ineligible and even if a proprietor was recognized last year, that proprietor may be considered for this newly re-structured award.
BPAA USBC Association Award
The Greater Baton Rouge USBC Association will be recognized at the USBC Convention with the BPAA USBC Association Award which is presented to a local USBC association who has demonstrated a high degree of cooperation with their local BPAA proprietor group. The relationship between BPAA and local USBC associations is critical since local associations represent the 'consumer' and BPAA member centers are the 'playing fields' for bowling. The BPAA appreciates how local USBC associations work with our member centers and acknowledges these relationships when they are exemplary.
Nancy Schenk, BPAA President and Awards Committee Chairman, stated, "Many excellent nominees were reviewed this year and these award recipients represent incredible leadership, unassuming service and honorable dedication, and we congratulate and thank them for their contributions to the bowling industry."
The Bowling Industry Service Awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Luncheon, Tuesday, June 20, 2017, during International Bowl Expo 2017 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville. The Lerner Memorial Medal presentation will take place during the general session on Wednesday morning.