2008 – Meritorious Service
Gregory (Greg) Russell has been a prominent proponent of bowling not only in his community but also on the state level and recognized on the national level.
He received the 2003 Golden Pin Award for 32 lanes and up given by the BPAA at the national convention in Las Vegas.
He has been a member of the Lancaster Men’s Bowling Association from 1979-1998. serving as Director. 4th Vice President, 3rd Vice President, 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice President and Assistant Secretary. He served as President of the Southeastern Ohio USBC for two years. He served on the local youth board. serving as Director. Vice President. President and Association Manager.
He was inducted into the Lancaster Area Bowling Hall of Fame in 1996 for Meritorious Service, which made the first Father and Son to be elected to the local Hall of Fame.
On the state level, Greg has served the Ohio State YABA from 1991-2002. He has served as Director, 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice President and President.
He has been a member of the Ohio Bowling Council from 1993 to present, having served four years as President. He has served on the Ohio Bowling Council Hall of Fame Committee for ten years.
Greg has served on the Bowling Centers Association of Ohio Tournament Committee for five years.
His center hosed the LPBT/PWBA tournament from l99b-2001. He also hosted the PBA Regional Tournaments from 2004~2007.
Although Greg’s involvement in the community of bowling has stretched out to the national level, perhaps the most telltale signs of Greg’s heart are told by his outreach to the local community. Greg offers free bowling to all local nursing homes as part of their activities, donated lineage to help Big Brothers/Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake, and allows the local multi-handicap clients in the community, as well as the Special Olympic bowlers, to bowl for free.
Greg began the High School Bowling Program in Lancaster in 2006 and funded five schools.