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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
The booth will be open Monday, April 23, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and Tuesday April 24, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Our BVL Breakfast/Workshop/Awards Presentation is Tuesday morning April 24, 7:00 am – 8:30 am. (You must purchase tickets for this -- Spots are going fast, get your ticket today!!!)
At the breakfast, you'll hear from our Board Chairman John LaSpina, Board Member Libbi Fletcher, Ambassador Darlene Baker, local BVL Rep Dennis Brummitt, and BVL Executive Director Mary Harrar.
Our annual Presentation to the USBC delegates and guests is Wednesday April 25, approx...
Veterans receiving care at VA Medical Centers around the country are 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.
Bowling is often utilized by VA recreation therapists as it is adaptable to most skill levels and physical limitations.
The 2018 tournament, set for March 1-30, is open to all veterans connected with the VA Medical Center system and is coordinated through recreation therapists on site at the facili...