Area bowler Adam Barta uses talents for charity
GIRARD — In area bowling circles, Adam Barta of Girard is considered one of the best.
He continues to use his talents off the lanes to brighten the world for people who need it most.
Barta heads a charity, the Barta Nation Families Foundation, which is aimed at donating time, money and resources to families in need around the holiday season. Barta and his family personally visit with other families on Christmas Eve to give donations in honor of his father.
This past year, Barta’s charity was able to make donations to 18 different families.
“My dad always said that everyone is born with a gift,” Barta said. “If I can use my bowling to make the world a better place, either from entertainment or charity, I’m happy.”
Barta indeed has a gift.
In January, he won the Warren Challenge Bowling Tournament — the top men’s event in Trumbull County — for the fifth time.
He recently returned from the 2019 United States Bowling Congress Masters, a tournament recognized by the PBA, the top bowling organization in the world. Bowlers from across the country and some from other countries, like Japan, were there.
He finished 64th, normally enough to move on to the championships, but because of a quirk in the rules, Barta finished on the wrong side of the cutoff point.
“I finished in 64th place, but the rules are funny that the last winner, no matter where they place, gets a bid to advance,” Barta said. “The last winner didn’t finish well enough to advance, so due to the rules he received the 64th slot. I was devastated.”
As for making the world a better place, it all started with his father — in more ways than one. In 2010, Barta’s father was diagnosed with cancer. He kept fighting until his death on Christmas Eve 2012.
Barta has used his skills as a bowler to raise money for the charity by setting world records. He first did that by gunning for the Guinness world record for “highest pinfall in one hour in 10-pin bowling.”
It took vigorous training, but it paid off. Barta toppled 2,708 pins, shattering the previous record of 2,132.
“When I was done, I had no idea how I did it,” Barta said. “I just wondered what came out of my body.”
After accomplishing that feat, Barta met with a young girl in a Texas hospital and told her he’d try and set another record
“I went to this hospital and met a girl named Paige Lejeune,” Barta said. “It really got to me because that could be my kid. I told her I was going to try and set another record and dedicate it to her.”
The feat he accomplished was the most strikes in an hour. He bowled 191 strikes, beating the previous record by 15. Barta threw 310 total balls during the attempt.
Unfortunately, Paige passed away just beforehand and wasn’t there to see it happen.
Barta flew her family up to watch him at his home lane in Struthers. There were more than 300 people in attendance, with more watching online. Barta raised over $3,000 for the Lejeune family and his foundation.
His resume includes more than being a record-holding bowler and founder of a successful charity. Barta also is an assistant coach with the Girard boys bowling program, where he coaches with his brother, Peter. The Indians won their third sectional title in a row this past winter season.
Up next for Barta, he’s going to try and set another Guinness record — his most difficult challenge yet.
“After my son’s graduation, I’m going to try for the record for most pins in a 24-hour period,” Barta said.
He’s defied expectations twice with his previous two records. Fighting for a cause like he has been, who’s to say he can’t do it again?