Rick Reeder enters the Butler County Bowling Association Bowling Hall of Fame in the meritorious service category for 22 years of leadership in Butler County junior bowling programs.
Since 1985, Reeder has been spending Saturday mornings with the Family Bowlaway junior bowlers. He has served as the Family bowlaway junior league coordinator since 1988. Approximately 450 youth bowlers have participated in this program over the past 22 years. Thanks to the hard work of Reeder, many of these bowlers begin at 6 years of age and remain in the program until they graduate from high school.
In addition to the Singles, Doubles, and Team tournaments that are available to the Butler County youth bowlers, Reeder has the junior involved in tow other tournaments. The first is the Pennsylvania State Team Tournament. Until 2004, the young bowlers has to advance through local and district tournaments in order to qualify for the state tournament. Now, the state tournament is open to all junior bowlers, similar to the men’s and women’s state tournaments. Over the years, 15 local teams advanced to state championships. In the Pepsi Cola Scholarship Singles Tournaments, the junior bowlers must advance through local, district, and state tournaments in order to qualify for the national finals. About 60 local youth, under the direction of Reeder, have advanced to the state tournament and 2 to the national finals.
Reeder joined the Butler County USBC Junior Board of Directors in 1987 and has served as president for the past 3 years. The Board of Directors includes junior bowling programs at all Butler County bowling centers.
Serving in officer positions in several adult leagues in Butler County over the past 23 years, Reeder has not limited his service to the youth bowlers in Butler County.
Reeder is employed by International Staple & Machine Company and resides in Butler.