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Ten Bowling Center Operations Honored as “BVL’s Best”

The Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL) recently recognized five single center operations, five chain operations and two individuals as “BVL’s Best” at the International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas. The awards were based on efforts during the 2016-17. “BVL has benefitted tremendously from the continuing and growing support from the bowling center community,” explains BVL Executive Director Mary Harrar.  “Each year, more and more centers are getting involved in our mission to brighten the lives of America’s veterans as they see for themselves the profound impact of their support.” Centers involved in the BVL effort created a variety of ...

Hacker Appointed to BVL Board

Missouri native and former Navy serviceman Coach Dennis Hacker has been appointed to the BVL Board of Directors by USBC President Karl Kielich, who is stepping down from the BVL Board due to his increased responsibilities as the newly-elected President. “We are delighted to welcome Dennis to the BVL Board,” notes BVL Executive Director Mary Harrar. “Dennis will bring a unique understanding to our mission based on his 12 years serving in the Navy. We know is heart is in the BVL cause.” Dennis has a broad background in the sport, winning the Bowlers Journal singles title in 1986, the New York State Amateur in 2000, and was first alternate ...

Michael’s Plan: Row the Boat Ashore

Lake Baldwin (FL) VA Outpatient Clinic (OPC) Recreation Therapist Michael Weaver had a challenge: Integrate the 200-400 veterans per year going through the doors of that facility back into the community. With their medical care in check, Michael is charged with giving the veterans the skills that they need to successfully transition to community life. Living in an area dotted with lakes, Michael saw an option: Provide training in a team activity such as rowing so that the veterans could improve their cardiovascular health and upper body strength as well as emotional wellbeing. This could be accomplished by purchasing some rowing machines that ...

Maple Family Centers: Creating Loyal BVL Supporters and Brightening Veterans Lives

With another successful PBA50 Johnny Petraglia/BVL Open in the books at their Farmingdale Lanes location, Maple Family Centers has now raised almost $200,000 (this will change when the 2018 contribution is confirmed) for America’s veterans just since the inception of the tournament four years ago. As proprietor Joe LaSpina points out “I won’t deny that it wasn’t a lot of work; but the rewards come in spades when we gave our three area veterans facilities – the Long Island State Veterans Home, the St. Albans VA Hospital and the Northport VA Hospital -- each a check for $20,000 to Brighten Veterans’ Lives.” The tournament, ...

Annual BVL/VA Bowling Tournament Provides Fun, Fitness and Friendship for Veterans Coast to Coast

Veterans from Oregon to New York tested their bowling skills and vied for bragging rights in the recently-concluded 71st Annual BVL/VA Bowling Tournament.  This year’s event saw some of the traditional powerhouses rise to the top of the leaderboard – including teams from the Providence (RI) and Washington DC VA facilities in the Outpatient and Electronic Bowling Divisions respectively; but also several surprise first place finishes from the Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center in the Inpatient Division and the Columbus (OH) Ambulatory Care Center in the Vision Impaired Division. Teams compete at or near their VA facility and scores are ...

BVL Proud: Supporting Our Veterans at the Winter Sports Clinic

Providing veterans with an opportunity to try a sport after overcoming an illness or injury is the goal of the National Veterans Winter Sports Clinic (WSC) -- a goal shared by long time sponsor BVL.  Now in its 32nd year, the WSC offers veterans a chance to learn new sports and test their skills in a variety of different activities-- from skilling to hockey to bowling. Held annually each spring in Snowmass, CO, the Clinic brings veterans, volunteers and instructors to work together to build new skills and learn how to incorporate adaptive techniques in familiar sports. Veterans eligible to participate have one of the following: Spinal Cord ...

Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Johnny “Joey” Jones Speaks at USBC Convention

Combat-wounded Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Johnny “Joey” Jones turned a traumatic, life-changing disability into a personal mission to improve the lives of all veterans. Joey is the Chief Spokesperson for Zac Brown’s Southern Ground, which produces an array of quality products and services as well as television and music production, all for the purpose of financially sustaining Camp Southern Ground, a 400 acre camp and retreat for children ages 7 to 17 and military families. Joey is also a regularly appearing analyst for Fox News. Joey has been featured in television and news on many networks through both his personal experiences and expert analys...

USBC Associations Honored for BVL Donations

Bowlers from tiny Princeton, Ill., to the mighty Golden State – California – were recognized recently at the USBC Convention in Reno for their dedication to and support of America’s veterans through the sports oldest and most successful charity, BVL, for the 16-17 league season. BVL leaders presented awards to the five top states and local associations based on their total contributions as well as the top five local association contributions based on a per bowler contribution. The top state contributors list included some familiar names: California State USBC                                     ...

BVL: Opening Doors in Community Reintegration

At BVL, for years we’ve seen the healing power of recreation therapy for America’s veterans – providing sports, music and arts activities that encourage active and healthy lifestyles. But there’s another aspect to rec therapy: that is, to use these activities as a tool for community re-engagement. And at the Oklahoma City VA, they’re doing just that -- opening doors for America’s veterans. Supervisor of the Therapeutic Recreation Program at Oklahoma City VA Medical Center Kristy Doyle explains they use BVL grants to bring veterans out into the community. “Multiple trips are planned throughout the year with several different treatment ...

The Little Fundraiser That Could: Larry’s Lucky Strikes and the Gogebic Iron USBC Tips the Scales for BVL

Just over the Wisconsin boarder in Michigan, and just 18 miles south of Lake Superior, sits the sprawling Metropolis of Ironwood, Michigan.  Once there, you’ll find the expansive mega bowling center known as Larry’s Lucky Strikes. Okay, the first two facts are correct… but we may have stretched the truth just a little on the second two. Actually, Ironwood has just 5,000 citizens and Larry’s Lucky Strikes is a tidy 10-lane center. But don’t let the facts steer you from the truth:  Larry’s Lucky Strikes raised more money for BVL in one day than many do in an entire year. Thanks to coordinator Joel Bach in a tribute to a friend ...