Bowling Industry leaders honored at 2011 International Bowl Expo


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    Pat Ciniello inducted into BPAA Hall of Fame and awarded Victor Lerner Memorial Medal

    2010BPAALogo.jpg2011IBELogo.jpgThe Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA), the bowling industry's premier trade association and voice of the bowling industry, has honored seven individuals who have contributed to the significant growth and surging popularity of the sport.

    As part of the opening ceremonies of the 2011 International Bowl Expo, the BPAA issued a series of annual industry awards to celebrate individuals whose leadership helped guide the bowling industry to grow and flourish in recent years.

    The premier annual event for the bowling industry, the International Bowl Expo, was hosted from June 27 to July 1 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, TX, garnering an attendance of more than 5,000 individuals from all corners of the world.

    2011IBEPatCiniello.jpgCapping a historic week for the industry, Bowl Expo festivities were highlighted by the finalist round of the 2011 Bowling's U.S. Women's Open which was held at the 50-yard line of Cowboys Stadium on Thursday, June 30.

    "As 2011 International Bowl Expo and Bowling's U.S. Women's Open arrived in the DFW region - the home of the International Bowling Campus - it is only appropriate that Pat Ciniello, one of the great visionaries behind the growth of the campus be recognized for his enormous contributions to the sport," said Steve Johnson, executive director of BPAA.

    "In addition to Pat, this year's recipients represent individuals whose contributions to bowling simply cannot be measured - without them bowling's growth and status as the number one participatory sport wouldn't be possible," adding,

    "I would also like to call out special attention to Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg of ESPN. Year in and year out, 'Mike and Mike' have helped create positive awareness for bowling and we are so grateful for their help supporting and promoting the greatest sport there is."

    The sport of bowling has experienced unprecedented growth over the past five years and has claimed the title of America's most popular participatory sport for two consecutive years, capping more than 70 million participants annually.

    Award recipients for 2011 include:

    Victor Lerner Memorial Medal and BPAA Hall of Fame - Pat Ciniello, Bowling Management Associates Inc. (Bonita Springs, Florida)

    Presented to a proprietor for a lifetime of selfless service to the industry. This is the highest honor in the bowling industry and represents induction into the BPAA Hall of Fame located in Arlington, Texas. The award is named after BPAA past President Victor Lerner.

    BPAA Media Award - ESPN's "Mike and Mike in the Morning" (Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg)

    Presented to a top media outlet that has helped support the growth of bowling.

    2011IBEMarkVoight_small.jpgPresident's Medal - Mark Voight (left), Community Bowling Centers (Livonia, Michigan)

    Presented to an individual judged to have given exceptional support and/or made significant contributions to the BPAA and the industry.

    2011IBEBobGudorf_small.jpgV.A. Wapensky Award - Bob Gudorf (right, Fort Wayne, Indiana)

    Presented to an individual who has made a major contribution to the advancement of the bowling industry. Named after long-time BPAA Executive Director V.A. "Chief" Wapensky.

    2011KSAOParkerBohn_small.jpgDick Weber Bowling Ambassador Award - Parker Bohn III (left, Jackson, New Jersey)

    Named in memory of Hall of Fame professional bowler Dick Weber, bowling's global ambassador, who spent a lifetime setting the standard for all bowling athletes by elevating the positive image of bowling and promoting the game and sport to all ages both on and off the lanes.

    2011IBEFredBorden_small.jpgBowling Coaches Hall of Fame Award - Fred Borden (right, Carrollton, Ohio)

    Presented to a bowling coach who has been recognized as making superior coaching contributions to the sport of bowling.

    Prior to Mr. Borden's induction, one Trailblazer, also selected by the Hall of Fame committee was recognized as a coaching visionary who laid the foundation for all who followed:
    Known as the "Queen of Bowling," Marion Ladewig was also known as the all-time greatest female bowler. Before passing away April 16, 2010, she had dedicated a majority of her professional and post-professional life to coaching others in the sport of bowling.


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