ARLINGTON, TX – Lynsey Jackson of Tullahoma, Tennessee, and Nathan Galicia of Friendswood, Texas, were recently selected as the 2022 United States Bowling Congress Youth Ambassadors of the Year by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee.
The annual award recognizes a female and male USBC Youth bowler for exemplary academic achievement, community involvement, and contributions to the sport of bowling outside of leagues or tournaments.
Winners are chosen based on submitted entries and each will receive a $1,500 scholarship.
Jackson, 17, is a senior at Tullahoma High School, where she holds a 4.1 GPA, while taking advanced placement and honors courses. Because of her good performance in these classes, Jackson was given the opportunity to earn college credit, in which she could enroll in both high school and Motlow State Community College. She will graduate with an associate degree in May, while her college GPA currently sits at 3.5.
Jackson, who will pursue a career in the medical field, will enroll at the University of Alabama-Huntsville next year to begin classes toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Once a registered nurse, she will continue her studies to become a nurse practitioner.
“I had no idea what to say when I heard the news,” Jackson said. “I had no words, because I had never received anything this big before. I was shocked. It took me a while to realize what an award this is, how special it is and what it really means.”
Jackson started bowling around age 9 in a youth league run by his aunt, Holly Petty. Jackson, who is still playing in the league, learned early on the importance of being a team player. A few years later, she became a youth director to help channel ideas from young people to the local association on how to improve the youth program.
She was instrumental in convincing the school board to add bowling to middle school after the Tullahoma High School bowling program was added. Jackson played on the college team for three years before entering high school and spending four years on the Tullahoma high school team.
She wants to introduce bowling to as many people as possible and help them understand how great this sport is and what it can bring. Several players on his high school team started without knowing how to bowl, but with Jackson’s help, those players showed significant improvement. Lifelong friendships, competition and people are some of the things Jackson loves about sports.
“I really like seeing new people try bowling, especially if they can’t compete in other sports,” Jackson said. “I love encouraging them, helping to teach them, and showing them how they can set goals. When they reach those goals and are proud of what they’ve done, I feel amazing. When school is out, I would like to join my aunt in creating youth bowling leagues.”
Off the beaten path, Jackson’s love of volunteerism grew in part as a way to honor her grandparents and repay the love she received from them after they provided a much-needed stability during a sometimes uncertain childhood.
Guided by love, a desire to give back and her future professional endeavors in the medical field, she created an annual fundraiser called “Bowling for Boobies”. The event, which began in 2021, raises money to support breast cancer and USBC’s Bowl for the Cure campaign.
She started with an initial fundraising goal of $2,500, but the goal was quickly eclipsed with the 100 event attendees donating cash and baked goods. Jackson exceeded his goal as the event raised $3,600. Alongside “Bowling for Boobies,” she plans to hold similar events to allow bowlers of all skill levels to have fun while supporting great causes.
“I’m really happy that all of my hard work finally paid off,” Jackson said. “I am so grateful to everyone who has helped me along the way, especially my aunt. She was the one who started the youth league and got me in. I really think she is the reason I’m so involved in bowling. I really thank her so much, because I don’t think I would have had this opportunity if she hadn’t brought me bowling. This award means so much to me. I’m so happy. I’m just in shock.”
Galicia, also 17, is a senior at Clear Brook High School, where he maintains a 4.3 GPA amid a variety of professional, extracurricular and volunteer activities, not to mention his time as a four-year-old. of the bowling team.
In a few months, Galicia will take his talents to Wichita, Kansas, where he will enroll at Newman University. He will major in forensic science in chemistry, with the ultimate goal of becoming a medical examiner.
“It was honestly very exciting,” Galicia said. “I didn’t expect it at the time. We had just returned from a trip when I got the call, and it was truly amazing. I love volunteering. I love volunteering for the sport because it has done a lot for me and my family. I never thought I would be honored for that.”
Galicia saw firsthand what volunteering was like watching her older brother in action as president of their local youth leaders. Young Galicia had an early role model to watch and learn from, and he began to realize the power of volunteerism and how it influenced others.
He also understood what it meant when a community came together during a tragedy when his family suffered extensive property damage and loss from Hurricane Harvey. Her church family and community helped Galicia and her family rebuild their home.
“That’s when I realized how much volunteering can help someone emotionally,” Galicia said. “Even if it’s not bowling or just helping a stranger, I’ve always wanted to help. I like doing it because someone did it for me, and I think I should pay them back .”
He is an active volunteer for Special Olympics. His bowling team participates in a “polar dive” to raise funds by diving in the Gulf of Mexico during the winter. He has also volunteered his time to work at the Special Olympics bowling event in his area and has done so every year since sixth grade.
Galicia helped start a youth league for bowlers aged 3 to 12, which is run by high school coaches – including Galicia. He has served as President of the Texas State USBC Youth Leaders for the past six years and as President of the Greater Houston USBC Youth Leaders for the past five years. He also sits on the association’s board of directors.
Along with her mother, Roxy, the two teamed up to create a toy drive by hosting a bowling tournament featuring young bowlers against first responders, where bringing toys to donate served as an entry fee. They also provided $1,500 in scholarships.
On the tracks, Galicia has competed for state championships with her high school team and regularly plays in two scratch leagues, one of which is invitational and requires an average of 170 or better. Of course, Galicia also serves in another capacity. He served as president, vice president and secretary in his travel league.
“I hope they’re proud,” Galicia said, referring to her parents. “I’m going to be very, very nervous. My goal is just to give a good speech. On top of that, I’m very happy to receive this award, because it’s a huge honor and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I’m very excited. I think my parents will be thrilled.”
Jackson and Galicia will be recognized in April at the 2022 USBC convention at The Orleans in Las Vegas.
This year’s awards ceremony, which includes a variety of awards for youth and adult bowlers, will take place during the morning session of the USBC Annual Meeting on April 28 at noon EST. . The awards presentations will be broadcast live on BowlTV.com.
Learn more about the Young Adult Leader Awards and Young Bowler Bursary opportunities at BOWL.com/ScholarshipsAwards.