Michael Swearingen has been involved in the sport of bowling for over 50 years and not only was he a proficient bowler, but he was a firm believer that “you give back to the sport which has given so much to you”.
Mike’s high average was a 217 in 2005 and he carried over a 200 average for 5 years. His high game is a 300 in 1971 and high series is 804 of which he has had two, one in 1991 and the other in 1997.
Mike also served on the Ohio State USBC BA Board, first as director and committee chair moving all the way up to the Presidency. He was the first one to serve more than one term as President.
His application read: “He is a good friend to many in our sport, he is always willing to help young and beginning bowlers.” He is currently involved in directing a Bowling League for Shawnee State University for it’s volunteer group of Senior Citizens. At one time Mike established a league for blind bowlers, working with the Portsmouth Lions Club and had 10 to 15 bowlers even through it required special instructions and equipment.
Mike is now involved in Portsmouth area bowling committee which assists bowlers wanting to further their education. The Parlin Scholarship has raised over $20,00 in scholarships for Youth Bowl- ers going to Shawnee State University.
His application reads: “Mike is well qualified for such an honor. He has all the scores and records that usually qualify a person as well as having competed on all levels of the sport.” He is truly a Pioneer in all sense of the word.