For Immediate Release

March 6, 2018

Jackie Wyckoff, IBMA Operations Manager


Help IBMA spread the word on your websites, bowling centers and social media platforms.

The International Bowling Media Association is now accepting applications for the 2018 IBMA Chuck Pezzano Scholarship. The Scholarship is awarded to either a senior in high school or collegiate student who shows a commitment to writing about the sport of bowling. The ideal applicant will be someone who plans to continue covering the sport in either a part-time or full-time capacity after graduation.

The $5,000 scholarship, which is presented by the Billiard & Bowling Institute of America, was created more than a decade ago to help identify tomorrow‟s bowling writers among today‟s youth. “In addition to providing a worthy student the scholarship,” said Keith Hamilton, president of IBMA, “the message that „a career in bowling journalism is available‟ is critical to ensure the continuation of dedicated journalists writing about the sport.” The deadline to apply is April 30, and interested applicants can go to for more information and to submit an application.

James Sullivan, the 2017 Chuck Pezzano Scholarship recipient and a journalism major at Fordham University, said that, “The scholarship has been a tremendous help to my family and me as I go through my first year of college, and it is still an honor to have received it.” A freshman at Fordham, Sullivan serves as associate sports editor for the Fordham Press. The bowling industry is lucky to have him as one of its current and future promoters.

Help us spread the word — your customers will appreciate it. To assist with generating awareness of the coming deadline to apply for the 2018 Chuck Pezzano Scholarship, here is a link to promotional materials:

Thank you for helping to spread the word.

About the IBMA
Located at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas, the International Bowling Media Association provides awards and recognition to professional and amateur bowlers, industry volunteers and bowling writers, as well as promotes bowling journalism as a career choice to youth bowlers throughout America.


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Brian grew up in New York before moving to Phoenix, AZ in 1991. He has been involved in writing for his own bowling publication called “Striking Spotlight.” He has been published in the Desert Bowler Newspaper, Windy City News Newspaper and the Bowlers Journal. Hirsch is a Youth Director in the Kenosha USBC and a former Director for the Metro Phoenix USBC. As a Level 1 and RVP USBC coach, he can be found coaching his wife Amber and their son Masen each Saturday morning. Hirsch currently has (6) 300’s and (4) 800’s and is a member of the International Gay Bowling Organization where he is a five-time IGBO Champion and a six-time Arizona State Grand Canyon State Games Medalist. The Hirsch’s moved to Wisconsin to be closer to family and assist the Freedom Farm for Vets. Hirsch’s home bowling center is Sheridan Lanes, located in Kenosha, WI.


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