2003 – Meritorious Service
Mr. YABA, Mr. Certified Coach of coaches. Mr. Executive, Mr. Mediator, Mr. Volunteer. All of those titles refer to a single person — Richard Williams.
Mr. YABA — National YABA representative to Ohio (1994-97). Attended state and local tournaments, providing information and assisting with tournament operations. Represented National YABA at all state and local functions. Since 1984, has been a certified coach, working directly with youth bowlers.
Mr. Certified Coach of coaches — Since 1995 Rich has been listed in the top five instructors in the nation for quality of coaches trained. He was chosen as a national instructor because of his excellent teaching and presentation skills. He co-authored The Coaches Assistant Leaders Guide.
Mr. Executive — Becoming president of Portage County YABA in 1992, he put an end to malfeasance and theft in the organization, restoring it to financial stability and clearing its reputation.
Mr. Mediator — Mediated conflicts is state and local organizations and implemented any changes made. He was able to keep both parties calm and open to continued amicable communication.
Mr. Volunteer — He was named the National YABA Volunteer of the Year in 1999. An active Red Cross volunteer, he is a certified instructor for teaching adult CPR, Standard and Community First Aid and Safety and Sport Safety Training. He received the Exemplary Service Award from the Portage American Red Cross, from the National Red Cross an award for co-developing training materials for Pet First Aid and inclusion in the nation’s Top Ten Sport Safety Training Instructors and the Volunteer Service award from the Ohio Senate.
He had no problem filling his idle time — he didn’t have any.
Tonight we welcome Rich to the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame.