March 15, 2018

CONTACT: Terry Bigham
USBC Communications
On the Web: BOWL.com


ARLINGTON, Texas – Trace Nuss of Tampa, Florida, has been selected to receive the United States Bowling Congress Annual Zeb Scholarship.

Determined by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee, the award recognizes a USBC Youth member who achieves academic success and gives back to their community through service. The scholarship mainly is based on community service and strong academic success. Applicants must be in their junior or senior year of high school and must be USBC Youth members in good standing.

“Who knew that the Kids Bowl Free summer program that introduced me to the sport of bowling six years ago would have led me on such a diverse and meaningful path?” Nuss said. “The Super Stars, a very special group of athletes and their families I met along my journey, changed the course of my life. I have them to thank for this award, as well. The generosity of others affords me the opportunity to attend the high school of my dreams, this scholarship will help me pursue my education, so that I, too, can pay it forward and continue making a positive difference in the lives of others.”

Nuss is a junior at Jesuit High School, where he is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, DECA, Latin Club, Chess Club and serves as an academic tutor. He has made Principal’s Honor Roll each semester, is a National Latin Exam Awards gold medalist, a Voice of Democracy Speech winner and received the Norman J. Schwarzkopf Leadership Award. He has taken six Advanced Placement courses and several honors courses.

He became involved with Super Stars Tampa, a league for bowlers with developmental and cognitive disabilities, three years ago. He started by setting up ramps, checking in bowlers, coaching and handing out special awards. He recruited volunteers from hisschool to assist and coordinated their schedules for the league that has almost 70 bowlers.

Parents from the group asked Nuss to join the Special Olympics program as a unified partner and coach. He now is with the group year-round, coaching flag football and basketball, in addition to bowling, and travels with the teams to local, regional and state games.

He volunteers on Sundays at the Feeding America Food Pantry, served as a reading tutor and teacher assistant at local elementary schools and is a volunteer at Kiwanis events through Key Club. He spearheaded the design, funding and construction of The Gold Star Families Memorial Monument to honor the families of those killed while serving in the military.

After high school, Nuss plans to pursue a law degree with a specialization in Special Education Law.

As the Annual Zeb Scholarship winner, Nuss will receive a $2,500 scholarship and an expenses-paid trip to the 2018 USBC Convention, April 23-26 in Reno, Nevada, where he will be presented with the award. The scholarship is for Jim Zebehazy, who served as executive director of the Young American Bowling Alliance from 1996-2004and later as a regional manager for USBC.

Visit BOWL.com/ScholarshipsAwards to learn more about the scholarship opportunities for USBC Youth bowlers.

About International Bowling Campus
The International Bowling Campus (IBC) is the headquarters for the bowling industry and directly serves the more than 69 million bowlers in the United States. The IBC houses the resources of the United States Bowling Congress, the governing body and membership organization for the sport; the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, representing the business interests of bowling centers; IBC Youth Development; Strike Ten Entertainment, the marketing arm for the industry; the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame; the International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association; the International Bowling Media Association; the Bowling News Network; the Billiard and Bowling Institute of America; and the International Training and Research Center.

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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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