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      January 14, 2003:

-Young American Bowling Alliance Discounts Select Awards

01/14/2003 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - The Young American Bowling Alliance announced that select BIF purchasable award emblems are being sold at reduced rates, most costing 30 cents, to bowling collectors young and old. These discounted awards are being replaced for the 2002-03 season by awards featuring YABA's newest teammate Garfield. This offer does not include earned awards.

      "BIF has been a fixture in YABA for more than 17 years helping to spread the message that 'Bowling Is Fun,'" said YABA Marketing Manager Robin Crawford. "Although Garfield has recently come on board as YABA's newest mascot, BIF will remain in our hearts as the character that has helped literally hundreds of thousands of children to learn about the sport we love so much."

      BIF, who is depicted as a friendly little green creature from outer space, has been a registered trademark of YABA since 1986. First introduced as the mascot for YABA bowling in November 1985, BIF has been familiarizing kids to the fun, excitement and competition of youth bowling for nearly two decades earning a permanent spot in YABA history.

      "This is a great opportunity to buy these soon to be collector items before they are all gone," Crawford added.

      The following purchasable awards are available for 30 cents: League President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer emblems; I Beat My Coach young version and I Was Robbed emblems; BIF emblem and appliqué; Special Bowler, Pee Wee, Cosmic Bowling and Perfect Tap emblems; 50 game, 175 game and 200 games emblems; 250 series, 300 series, 350 series and 450 series emblems; BIF Pee Wee Level I, II, III and IV emblems.

      Others include: BIF Sticker Sheet, 15 cents; BIF Pee Wee Membership Card, 50 cents; BIF Pee Wee Progress Card, 50 cents; 25 Block Package, $50; 10 Block Package, $20; Individual Membership, $2.

      To order by phone call (800) 514-BOWL, Ext. 3161, by fax at (414) 421-8560 or write to the Young American Bowling Alliance, 5301 S. 76th Street, Greendale, WI 53129 or visit

-Billiard And Bowling Institute Of America Announces Winner Of The 2003 Industry Award

01/14/2003 - Bowling Newsline
      PALM BEACH COUNTY -- The Billiard and Bowling Institute of America has announced the winner of its Industry Service Award. Each year, BBIA presents its Industry Service Award to one of the leading personalities in the billiard and bowling industry in recognition of his or her contribution to the promotion of these sports. Previous recipients have included great bowlers and billiard players, leaders of various organizations; and show business personalities, including Jackie Gleason and Paul Newman. The Board of Directors has selected Joyce Deitch, Immediate Past President of Women's International Bowling Congress and 2003 WIBC Hall of Fame Inductee, to be awarded the 50th Industry Service Award. The award presentation will take place during a special banquet during the organization's 60th Annual Convention in Naples, Florida, May 4-6, 2003.

      Joyce Deitch has been intimately involved in nearly every level and aspect of bowling. Her service spans more than 50 years and she is credited as being a tremendous influence on organized bowling. Deitch began her career in bowling at Walla Walla, Wash., in 1949. A student at Walla Walla University, Deitch and her friends would avoid the cafeteria's liver nights by journeying to the local bowling center's snack bar. At first, Deitch would only watch others bowl, but eventually she tried the sport herself and was hooked for a lifetime. She became passionately involved in the organization and promotion of sanctioned bowling.

      In 1973, Deitch was elected to the WIBC Board of Directors, where she served until her retirement in 2002. During her 29 years of service to WIBC at the national level, Deitch held the prestigious positions of seventh, sixth, fourth, second and first vice president. She served as WIBC president for nine years.

      In addition, Deitch has held other bowling leadership positions at the national and international level including: President of the United States Tenpin Bowling Federation; President of the Young American Bowling Alliance; chairman of Bowling Inc.; First Vice President, Sergeant-at-arms and Director of the National 600 Club; President, First Vice President, Secretary and Director of the Nevada WBA; Vice President of the Nevada YABA; Director and Secretary/Treasurer of the Nevada Junior Bowling Association; President and Director of the Nevada Junior Bowling Association; Secretary and Director of the Las Vegas WBA; Vice President of the World Tenpin Bowling Association; and Director of the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame.

      Deitch's bowling accolades include honors such as being named a WIBC Life Member and a Nevada and Las Vegas WBA Hall of Famer and Life Member. She also has received the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America V.A. Wapensky and Lifetime Achievement awards, National Women Bowling Writers' Helen Duval-AMF and Jo Ettien Lieber awards and the Metropolitan Bowling Writers' Bill Landgraf Award.

      Chartered in 1940 in Chicago, BBIA is comprised of the leading suppliers and dealers of billiard products and manufacturers and distributors of bowling equipment and supplies. Efforts are focused on promoting the growth of billiards and bowling throughout the world. For more information, call (561) 835-0077.

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