It was a great night in San Antonio on Saturday when Dick Atkinson was inducted into the Texas State United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame.

Tommy Miller, president of the Texas State USBC, introduced Atkinson and during his introduction he discussed Atkinson’s involvement with the high school bowling program and said, “Dick is high school bowling.”

In his remarks, Atkinson thanked everyone for their support and gave praise to his family who were in attendance.

“I believe this award as much belongs to my family and friends, our customers and especially the board,” Atkinson said.

Atkinson’s accomplishments are varied during his career in which he has served on the Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association and held offices on the Board of Trustees, of the Texas State Bowling Council. He has also been president of the state Bowling Council, director of the Texas State USBC, president of the Texas Bowling Centers Association, district coordinator for the Texas High School Bowling Club and is a member of the Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association Hall of Fame.

Additionally, he was the 2001 TWBA Proprietor of the Year; 2004 Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America Achievement Award winner and the 2006 BPAA Proprietor of the Year.

An avid bowler in his own right, he has five 300 games and three series over 800 and was a member of the 1980 All-Army Team.

Earlier in the day, Atkinson received the USBC Proprietor of the Year award.

Three high school bowlers were recipients of Hall of Honor awards.

Kelsi Anderson, of San Antonio; Bradley Edwards, of New Braunfels; and Shana Geerdes, of Plano, each received $2,000 scholarships.

Jane Kirby, of Dallas, was also inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Kirby has been a member of the Dallas USBC Women’s Bowling Association for over 35 years. She became a Dallas WBA Board Member in 1978 and served in many positions during her time.

Throughout her 50 years of bowling she has been involved with local, state, and national 600 and 700 clubs. Additionally, she has been a bowling writer and Young American Bowling Alliance and Traveling Classic Bowling Association supporter.

All in all it was a fantastic evening. The dinner was excellent and the honorees were most deserving. The Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association is very proud of Atkinson and all the members of the Texas State UBSC who made it all possible.

See you on the lanes.

Don Wright has been sharing insights on area/national bowling with Herald readers for more than 25 years. Contact him at

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