USBC Youth Volunteer, Coach and Ambassadors of the Year selected


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    Winners to be presented with awards at USBC Convention in Kansas City

    USBCLogoRed_small.jpg John Fukasawa, Michael Nyitray, Kayla Chick and Kyle Calcote have been selected as recipients of United States Bowling Congress Youth recognition awards which will be presented May 9 at the 2008 USBC Convention in Kansas City, Mo.

    2008VotYJohnFukasawa.jpg Fukasawa, right, was named USBC Youth Program Volunteer of the Year for his outstanding efforts in fostering, operating and promoting youth bowling programs. The Applegate, Calif., native has volunteered as a youth bowling coach for approximately 10 years at Fireside Lanes in Citrus Heights, Calif. Certified as a USBC Silver coach, Fukasawa assists bowlers during the center's Saturday morning youth leagues and also developed a Saturday afternoon clinic to offer individual lessons.

    "John continues to give of himself because he truly enjoys helping others," said Debbie Haggerty, the Fireside Lanes youth director who nominated Fukasawa for the award. "He always has a smile and an upbeat attitude and relates well with the juniors. He is a great asset to our program, our center and our bowlers. He sets the mark for our other coaches."

    2008CotYMikeNyitray.jpg Nyitray, left, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was selected as the David Dahms Coach of the Year for his outstanding commitment to coaching, sportsmanship, and knowledge of USBC Youth bowling rules. A USBC Gold coach, Nyitray volunteers his time working with youth bowlers at Brunswick Margate Lanes, a 32-lane center in Margate, Fla. He also has worked with parents of youth bowlers to help get high school bowling started at Gulliver Preparatory School in Pinecrest, Fla.

    "This season I've been more active in developing Gulliver's bowlers," Nyitray said. "This ground-up project is a multi-year commitment designed, in part, to promote growth in the sport of bowling in high schools in south Florida."

    Chick and Calcote were named the Female and Male USBC Youth Ambassadors of the Year, respectively, for their exemplary contributions in the sport of bowling, academic accomplishments and community involvement. Each will receive a $1,500 scholarship. One of the two winners may be selected to serve a three-year term as a member of the USBC Youth Committee.

    2008AotYKaylaChick.jpg Chick, right, 17, of Muscatine, Iowa, is a senior at Muscatine High School and bowls on the school's varsity team. At school she is a member of the National Honor Society, first chair clarinet in wind ensemble, head drum major of the Mighty Muskie marching band and president of the science club. She also is president of both the Muscatine Future Farmers of America and her local 4-H. Her career goal is to become a veterinarian.

    "I really enjoy bowling because it is something I am good at and it is one of my favorite extracurricular activities to participate in," Chick said.

    2008YAotYKyleCalcote.jpg Calcote, left, 18, of Friendswood, Texas, is a senior at WTM Academy Homeschool, maintains an "A" average and is heavily involved in youth bowling at both the local and state levels. The president of the Greater Houston USBC Youth Leaders, Calcote is serving his second term as a youth representative on the Greater Houston USBC board of directors. He also serves as the president of the Texas State USBC Youth Leaders, a director on the Texas State USBC board, and a member of the youth committees for both the Houston and Texas associations. A bowler since age 8 and owner of a perfect game with a 781 high series, the USBC Junior Gold member has been a youth leader for four years. He plans to study business administration and bowl on a collegiate team next fall.

    "Kyle's people skills and dedication to the sport of bowling make him the perfect candidate to represent the USBC as its Youth Ambassador of the Year," said John Osfield, the Greater Houston and Texas State Youth Leaders advisor who nominated Calcote for the award.