HOF – Carl A. Copp*

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1989 – Meritorious Service
Carl A. Copp

A dynamic civic leader in Dayton, Carl Copp served as president of the Dayton Bowling Association for 38 years until his death in 1976.

Elected an American Bowling Congress director in 1940, Carl became vice president in 1951 and served as the 47th president in 1959.

He was the organizing leader in the formation of American Junior Bowling Congress in 1964 and he served as its first president until 1971. He also served as president of the Ohio AJBC and the Dayton AJBC.

Cat’s leadership was credited in the 1930’s with saving the Ohio State Bowling Association which at the time was floundering. He worked closely with bowling proprietors around the state, soliciting funds and leadership. A new constitution was formed and OSBA was on the road to its current status.

He was instrumental in bringing the American Bowling Congress tournament to Ohio and Dayton in 1975.

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