California Bowling Writers

September 28, 2008

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USBC Communications
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September 22, 2008


Candidates sought for youth coach, volunteer, youth ambassador and Horizon awards

GREENDALE, Wis. - Nominations for the following four national honorary awards are being accepted by the United States Bowling Congress through Nov. 1: the David Dahms Coach of the Year, USBC Youth Program Volunteer of the Year, USBC Youth Ambassador of the Year and the Kerm Helmer Horizon Award.

"Coaches, youth program volunteers, young bowlers who want to make a difference in our sport and visionaries who develop opportunities for our players are the lifeblood of USBC Youth bowling," said Kevin Dornberger, USBC's chief operating officer. "We are proud to offer ways to recognize these day-to-day heroes of the sport."

The David Dahms Coach of the Year Award recognizes one USBC Youth coach who has worked with certified youth bowling programs for at least seven years and has demonstrated outstanding commitment to coaching, sportsmanship and knowledge of USBC Youth rules.

The USBC Youth Program Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has displayed outstanding efforts to foster, operate and promote youth bowling programs for at least seven years at the local or state level.

The USBC Youth Ambassador of the Year, formerly known as the Youth Leader of the Year, is an honor bestowed on one male and one female USBC Youth bowler for his/her exemplary contributions in the sport of bowling, academic accomplishments and community involvement. Each of the award winners will receive a $1,500 scholarship. One of the two award winners may be selected to serve a two-year term on the USBC Youth Committee, and the quality of this person's service on the committee could lead to additional scholarship funds. Since it will be necessary for this person to travel independently to USBC Youth Committee functions, a Youth Ambassador selected to serve on the Youth Committee must be 18 or older as of Aug. 1 in the year of their selection.

The USBC Kerm Helmer Horizon Award recognizes leaders in the bowling community who have displayed the courage, determination and ability to develop far-reaching programs of national scope that provide fun and exciting opportunities for bowlers. Named in honor of the team founder and longtime bowling coach at Erie Community College and former president of the Young American Bowling Alliance, the Kerm Helmer Horizon Award aims to recognize leaders who exhibit Helmer's enthusiasm, commitment and persistence to turn ideas into reality.

Nomination forms for each of the awards may be downloaded from the Scholarships/Honors section of People without Internet print capability may request forms by contacting USBC's Youth Development team at (800) 514-BOWL, ext. 3179, or

USBC Youth United States Bowling Congress Youth membership offers fun, exciting opportunities for young people to learn a sport they can enjoy for a lifetime, improve their skills, develop teamwork and leadership abilities, and try for their part of more than $6 million in scholarships awarded to youth bowlers every year.

USBC, as the national governing body, ensures the integrity and protects the future of the sport, provides programs and services to more than 2.6 million adult and youth members and enhances the bowling experience.

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