In 1985 the “BPAA Special Award” was established to recognize and individual who had made a major contribution to the advancement of the bowling industry. In 1992 this award was renamed the V.A. Wapensky Award after BPAA’s long-time executive director Vladimir A. “Chief” Wapensky.
Today this award recognizes an individual whose overall major contribution to the advancement of the bowling industry involves endless good nature, remarkable business savvy, love for bowling and continual promotion of the game both locally and nationally.
On June 25, 2019 at Bowl Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada Jim Stubler was presented the V.A. Wapensky Award. He joined the likes of former awardees Dick Weber, Sandy Hansell, Bruce Davis and Chris Schenkel.