Longtime Michigan leader Sharon Schildroth named Youth Volunteer of the Year


    USBC Youth

    2014USBCYouthVolunteeroftheYearSharonSchildroth.jpg Sharon Schildroth of Grandville, Mich., has been named the United States Bowling Congress Youth Volunteer of the Year for her more than 30 years of service to youth bowling at the local, state and national levels.

    The prestigious award recognizes an adult volunteer who has displayed outstanding efforts to foster, organize and promote youth bowling. The award winner is determined by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee.

    "To be recognized for something I love doing and being a part of is the ultimate thank you," Schildroth said. "It is humbling to receive recognition when so many people in our sport are also deserving. Thanks to everyone for making this happen."

    Schildroth, a former elementary school teacher, currently serves as the Michigan State USBC Women's Bowling Association Manager, and for the last 32 years has been the youth manager for the Michigan State USBC Youth.

    She served on the Young American Bowling Alliance boards for Greater Detroit and Grand Rapids as an in-state instructor for 14 years, an in-state coordinator for seven years and as a certified coach instructor for 22 years.

    She worked on several committees for YABA on the national level. She was appointed to the rules committee and also worked on the YABA Unification committee.

    She has been a major part of running successful Michigan State Youth tournaments, the Michigan Pepsi Tournament and several additional scholarship tournaments. She has helped with the national Junior Gold and USBC Youth Championships when those events were in Michigan.

    Schildroth also serves on the Michigan Bowling Council. She helped facilitate the process for awarding scholarships to youth bowlers to meet the academic component required by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

    She is a member of the Michigan State USBC WBA and Greater Grand Rapids Halls of Fame. She has received several awards and honors, including the Thomas W. McKay Award for Lifetime Service to Bowling in 2013.

    For being selected as the USBC Youth Volunteer of the Year, Schildroth will receive an expenses-paid trip to the 2014 USBC Convention in Reno, Nev., where she will be presented with the award. BOWL.com will live stream the USBC Convention, including the awards presentation.