1996: Rick Payson

Rick Payson dedicated many years and much energy into bowling – as lane coach, junior league head coach, youth leader advisor, instructor, booster club member, team captain, league officer, tournament director and sponsor, scholarship fund founder, and player. He’s helped kids who couldn’t afford to bowl. He spent many Saturdays from August to May for years at Westgate Lanes signing up eager bowlers. He made college scholarships available to young bowlers from age 5 to 18. He held a cone-man-bowl-a-than, knocked down to 1,760 pins in one hour, and raised $6,500. He’s even dressed up as a giant bowling pin to promote the sport. His primary intent is simple: Make sure the kids have fun bowling. Rick established the Chad Payson Memorial/Scholarship Fund in his son’s honor, to cover the costs for kids to bowl, and to provide the scholarships. It was for the Chad Fund that Rick knocked down those 1,760 pins.