Annual Danny Wiseman Youth Scholarship Tournament has awarded over $185,000 in scholarships
New York, NY – A special panel of PBA leaders selected Danny Wiseman, a 12-time PBA Tour champion and member of the PBA Hall of Fame, as the recipient of the 2020 PBA Tony Reyes Community Service Award. Wiseman, 53, was selected for his efforts and dedication to growing youth bowling.
“Knowing how Tony was, this is a huge honor to represent his namesake and this award,” said Wiseman about receiving the honors named after the late Reyes. “When Tony walked into a room, he lit it up. He loved coaching and helping people, and we all want to be like Tony.”
In 2012, Wiseman started the annual Danny Wiseman Youth Scholarship Tournament which has run every year since (excluding 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic) awarding over $185,000 in scholarships to youth bowlers to further their education.
“When my professional career started to slow down, I knew I wanted to do something and give back to the kids who are the future of this sport,” said Wiseman on beginning the annual tournament.
“The biggest part of their future is education and I found a way to help by starting the youth scholarship tournament. At these events, kids have an opportunity to use their talent to bowl for scholarships that also help alleviate the financial cost of college education,” added Wiseman.
Wiseman’s annual tournament continues to grow, year after year, in number of sponsors, donations, and bowlers. Last year’s tournament sold out and maxed out at 342 bowlers.
“I have a lot of help, a lot of local support, and I love what I do,” continued Wiseman. “It’s all about the kids, their future, furthering their education, and I’m happy to be a part of it.”
In addition to the annual tournament, Wiseman is an active youth coach, donating his time to individual and league sessions, while traveling to tournaments around the country to coach some of his students.
Well into retirement as a credited youth coach, Wiseman still takes notes from his lifelong coach, Bill Hall.
“I learned a lot from Bill,” said Wiseman. “He’s been working with me since 1987 and I still go back to him when I have questions. He’s been a tremendous influence on me and continues to be as I work with the youth bowlers.”
Established in 2013, the Tony Reyes Community Service Award recognizes a current PBA member who exemplifies extraordinary community service, charitable or educational contributions over the course of a PBA season. Reyes, who passed away in 2012, was an eight-time PBA Regional champion, collegiate All-American and the 18th player in PBA history to bowl a 300 game on national television.
Previous Tony Reyes Community Service Award Recipients
Chuck Gardner, 2019
Chris Barnes, 2018
Del Ballard Jr., 2017
Rhino Page, 2016
Ed Godbout, 2015
Missy Parkin, 2014
Parker Bohn III, 2013
About the PBA
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