John Sommer Jr.

Meritorious Service

John Sommer Jr.
City: Rockford
State: IL
Inducted: 2006

Sommer dedicated his career to the advancement of youth and women's bowling. He was a partner in the creation of the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour (later the Professional Women's Bowling Association) in 1980. As a champion for high school bowling, he led the effort to successfully establish bowling as a letter sport in northern Illinois high schools. His efforts and concepts for high school bowling were important factors leading to the creation of High School Bowling USA (now USBC High School).