Annual BVL VA Tournament Concludes: There’s Something in the Water in Bath (NY VA Medical Center)

It’s got to do with bowling mojo. Consider the facts:  Of the teams placing in the top three slots in the six divisions of the recently concluded 71st Annual BVL VA Bowling Tournament, five teams represented the Bath VAMC. That facility had a total of eight teams participate in the tournament, in the inpatient, outpatient, wheelchair and electronic bowling divisions. The tournament is open to all veterans connected with the VA Medical Center system and is coordinated through VA recreation therapy.  Divisions are based on physical and age parameters; and also ...

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Brian LeClair Wins Johnny Petraglia BVL Open at Maple Lanes:

Or, the Story of How a Lifelong Friendship and a Passion to Serve America’s Veterans Created Thousands of Winners Through One Tournament The front story is quick and easy: May 9, 2017 — The top qualifier for the finals, Delmar, NY native LeClair, who dominated from the start — throwing strikes in the first eight of nine frames — defeated two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, 245-195, to win the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open. The back story is more nuanced: Growing up, John LaSpina and Johnny Petraglia spent many hours bowling together ...

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BVL’s BEST Awarded in Las Vegas

State and local associations from around the country were recognized at the USBC convention in Las Vegas recently for their outstanding support of America’s veterans through BVL for the 15-16 season. “We were delighted to shine the spotlight on some of our hardest working associations,” explained BVL Executive Director Mary Harrar.  “We couldn’t achieve our goals without the support of these groups – their commitment and determination are the backbone of our success.” Mary was joined by BVL Board Chairman John LaSpina in Las Vegas to present awards to ...

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The Power of One, With a Little Help from Friends

A spotlight on how just one person can make a difference. Tommy Kress became a PBA member in 1974. Shortly after that, he met PBA legend and BVL Spokesperson Johnny Petraglia, who served our country in the Vietnam War. Notes Tommy, “Over the years, I saw just how important the veterans, and the BVL, is to Johnny. Because of my 40+ years of friendship with Johnny, he has shared many stories with me on the tour about what the BVL means to the veterans, and because of that, I wanted to do what I could to help in some small way.” Although Tommy wanted to make a ...

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Veterans Nationwide Gearing up for Annual VA BVL Bowling Tournament

Veterans receiving care at VA Medical Centers around the country are lacing up their shoes and taking a few practice rolls in preparation for the 71st BVL/VA Bowling Tournament in March, an annual event that encourages recuperating veterans to get involved in a fun, yet challenging, activity. The 2017 tournament, set for March 1-31, is open to all veterans connected with the VA Medical Center system and is coordinated through recreation therapists on site at the facilities. It has seven separate divisions based on physical and age parameters; including two divisions ...

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BowlersMart Introduces Campaign to Support BVL

BowlersMart, one of the largest bowling equipment retailers in the country with 40 stores and counting, is the latest member of the bowling family to step up for America’s veterans through BVL. Beginning with just one pro shop in Hudson, Florida, in 2004, BowlersMart now provides top-notch services in each of its pro shops throughout the country and a complete array of equipment and supplies offerings through their online store. “Although we’ve long known about the great things BVL does to brighten the lives of America’s veterans, we decided that on the ...

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2017: BVL Celebrates 75 Years of Service to America’s Veterans

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In 1942 America, the war effort was in full swing; individuals and organizations were coalescing around the troops, and one unique organization was being formed by a favorite American sport:  Bowling. Seventy-five years ago, officials representing every facet of the sport of bowling met to coordinate efforts to support the troops -- bringing together all the sport’s integers to provide the most complete approach to the campaign. Thus, BVL, then known as “The Bowlers Victory Legion” was born. BVL’s first Administrator, A. L. “Ebby” Ebersole noted in the ...

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ZledLighting Inks Product Offer to Support BVL

ZLedLighting has joined the growing list of corporate supporters of the Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL), announcing that 2% of MagniLumen Led Retrofit Kit sales to bowling centers will be donated to bowling’s charity to support America’s veterans.  Additionally, ZLedLighitng is extending a referral program for proprietors’ friends, customers, and associated businesses. “We are pleased to make this proposition to our customers and to BVL,” stated ZledLighting CEO Jon Perper.  “Our customers can make a good choice about lighting and feel good about their ...

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ZOT and the BVL Light Up the Lanes and the Lives of America’s Heroes

ZOT Pinsetter Parts will donate a percentage of its annual ColorSplash LED Effects Lighting System sales in 2017 to the BVL; the program was announced by Steve Szabina, Sales Manager of ZOT. “We are excited and proud to have the opportunity to support an organization which does so much to brighten the lives of America’s active duty and veteran service men and women,” said Szabina, “and our customers will feel the same sense of pride knowing they will be supporting the BVL with their purchase of ZOT ColorSplash products.” The promotion will run January 1, ...

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Happy Holidays from BVL

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As I prepare to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, I take time to reflect on 2016 -- both its joys and sorrows -- for me personally, my community, our nation and our world. But, in taking stock of the year, I do take great comfort in the work we do at BVL to support our nation’s service men and women. With your help, we’ve made a tremendous difference in the lives of literally thousands of men and women who have sacrificed for us and for our country. From a “Re-Creation” performance for the WWII vets in the VA Medical Center in Togus, Maine, to a ...

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