ARLINGTON, Texas - The World Tenpin Bowling Association has created the John Davis Memorial Award in honor of the late Kegel founder who passed away earlier this year.
The WTBA John Davis Memorial Award will recognize individuals who have selflessly devoted their time and resources to the sport of bowling over a significant period of time.
The John Davis Memorial Award will be awarded entirely at the discretion of the World Tenpin Bowling Association, and no more than one recipient will be honored in any given year.
"John Davis was a driving force in the bowling industry and his selfless contributions to the sport we all cherish must never be forgotten," WTBA President and CEO Kevin Dornberger said. "It is only fitting that WTBA create an award to honor those who have made significant contributions to the sport like John Davis did."
Using his passion for the sport of bowling as a base, Davis created Kegel, an international bowling maintenance supply company with a state-of-the-art training center in Lake Wales, Fla., from the ground up.
"My dad truly loved competitive bowling," said Jonathan Davis, son and Chief Business Development Officer at Kegel. "The WTBA is an organization where he found friends who shared his passion. He was very lucky, and acknowledged it many times, that he had a place to go where he could be with friends, talk about his passion, and have the ability to make the world a better place in his own way. It is a tremendous honor for the WTBA, an organization my father loved so much, to remember him in this way."
The initial John Davis Memorial Award will be presented during the WTBA Congress activities on Sept. 1 at Sunset Station Hotel and Casino in conjunction with the WTBA World Championships.
The World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of 115 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA, visit WorldTenpinBowling.com.