For most teenagers, the weekend is the time to kick back, hang with friends and chill. But one hard working young man in Florida saw a couple of recent weekends as an opportunity to put in some serious volunteer hours in order to brighten the lives of America’s veterans.
From 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on each of the four days of the Orlando Regional USBC association’s annual Open City Tournament in March, Michael walked the lanes to collect money for BVL.
Michael is not only an active youth leader in the local and state associations but also is a member of his Lyman High School’s Junior ROTC program. Michael is pre-disposed to community involvement but it was his outstanding support of BVL that the association lauded.
“This young man really showed his mettle,” explained Orlando Regional USBC director Lewis Mattox. “Michael’s perseverance combined with his outgoing personality and friendliness led to our generous bowlers, families, and friends donating $628.50 to help our military service members.”
When asked how and why he chose to support BVL, Michael explained, “As a youth leader, every year we have to do something to raise money for BVL. This year this is how I chose to do it.”
“We are so impressed by Michael’s commitment and dedication,” noted BVL Board Chairman John LaSpina. “You don’t see too many 16-year-olds spending their weekends in service to others – imagine the good things that we can do with Michael’s funding – BVL will bring positive, healthy lifestyle programs and services that can really make a difference for our hospitalized veterans.”