USBC Youth Volunteer, Coach and Ambassadors of the Year selected


    USBC Youth

    Winners to be presented with awards at USBC Convention in Nashville

    USBCYouthLogo.jpg David Koppa, Teresa Wolcott, Erik Galganski and Celina Tolson have been selected as recipients of United States Bowling Congress Youth recognition awards, which for the first time will be presented at the USBC Convention.

    Koppa was named USBC Youth Program Volunteer of the Year for his outstandin g efforts in fostering, operating and promoting youth bowling programs. The Santa Barbara, Calif., native has volunteered as a youth bowling coach for more than 20 years at Zodo's - Bowling & Beyond and helped its program grow from eight to 60 youth bowlers. Koppa also is president of the Santa Barbara County USBC Youth Association and chairman of the California State USBC Nominations Committee.

    Wolcott was selected as the David Dahms Coach of the Year for her outstanding commitment to coaching, sportsmanship, and knowledge of USBC Youth bowling rules. Her dedication to the sport heralds back to her teenage years with the Utica (N.Y.) Juniors, where she became involved in the Youth Leaders program at the local and state levels and earned coaching certification from what was then known as the American Junior Bowling Congress. Wolcott continued her coaching education by obtaining her USBC Coaching Level I certification in August 2005. As the youth program director and head coach at Orchard Hall Lanes in Sauquoit, N.Y., for the past 14 years, she assists more than 60 youth bowlers in three leagues at the eight-lane center. She also worked to launch the Sauquoit Valley High School Bowling Team and has been its coach for three years.

    Galganski and Tolson, both 18, were named the Male and Female 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 and one of the two winners will be selected to serve a two-year term as a member of the USBC Youth Committee.

    2006ErikGalganski.jpg As the president of the Florida State USBC Youth Leaders, Galganski organized the Junior Gold Prep Tournament last May to prepare bowlers for the 2006 USBC Junior Gold Championships. Both tournaments were held in Fort Lauderdale, with Galganski's prep event mimicking the format that bowlers would face at the championships. He also was tournament director for the 16th and 17th Annual Bill and Millie Landen Memorial Scholarship Tournaments and secured an additional $2,000 from the local tourist board to award as scholarships. A USBC-certified Level II coach, the North Palm Beach resident also serves as a Zone 5 director for the Florida State USBC Youth Association and attends Palm Beach Community College.

    Tolson, a senior at St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, Ohio, is captain of the school's varsity bowling team. Named the 2006 Star of Tomorrow by what is now known as the Greater Toledo USBC, Tolson averages in the 170s. A member of the National Honor Society as well as her school's equestrian team, orchestra, fashion and German clubs and Junior Engineering Technology Society, she also is president of her local 4-H club and has taken post-secondary classes at Owens Community College and the University of Toledo.

    Recipients of the above honors will receive their awards at the USBC Convention, slated for March 28-31 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.