UNION – Kelly Kulick of Union, who won the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions to become the only woman ever to win a PBA Tour title, will become the first bowler inducted into the Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s National Alumni Hall of Fame on May 1 at the Orlando World Center Resort Marriott in Orlando, Fla., as part of the organization’s 2013 National Conference.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County’s CEO Russell Triolo said that “when Kelly was a member at our Union Club, I remember that she had tremendous athletic abilities, and she has certainly proved that, but being inducted into the BGCA Hall of Fame is something that is very special; it is near and dear to my heart and I couldn’t be more proud.”
Kulick will be inducted along with Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, Rosen Hotels and Resorts founder Harris Rosen, Astronaut Winston Scott, Paralympian Blake Leeper, Coast Guard Commander Robert L. Smith, Congressman Joaquin Castro and entertainer Raphael Saadiq.
Kulick will be enshrined among a “Who’s Who” list of Boys and Girls Clubs Hall of Famers including such diverse figures as former Secretary of Commerce William Daley, former NATO Commander Gen. Wesley Clark, U.S. Senator Harry Reid, world of entertainment stars Danny Glover, Cuba Gooding, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Smokey Robinson, Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington; NFL stars Tony Gonzalez, Sid Luckman, Ahmad Rashad and Gale Sayers; baseball stars Luis Gonzalez, Jimmy Piersall, Brooks Robinson and Frank Thomas; NBA stars Magic Johnson, Bob Lanier, Shaquille O’Neal and Bill Walton; boxers Evander Holyfield and Sugar Ray Leonard, and many others.
Kulick said her time as a member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Union County, began at age 4 and provided positive, rewarding experiences which remain a positive influence to this day.
“I learned to communicate with others and developed team building skills,” Kulick said of her Boys and Girls Club experiences. “I met so many people along my travels. I learned to have an open mind and treat people the way I would like to be treated.”
It was actually swimming that first appealed to Kulick’s athletic interests with BGC.”I used to gaze through the glass window and watch all the kids swim,” she remembered. “That’s how I learned to swim and later joined the swim team.”
In addition to her historic PBA Tournament of Champions title, Kulick owns two PBA regional titles. She also is the first woman to win the USBC Queens and U.S. Women’s Open back-to-back (2010), the only woman to win four consecutive women’s major titles (PBA Women’s World Championship, PBA TOC, USBC Queens, Women’s U.S.
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