Follow Kilroy’s Progress

David "Kilroy" Kellerman has set out on his journey on the Appalachian Trail. He has a GPS tracker, and the button below will take you to the webpage that will show Kilroy's progress. Be sure to check in daily!                    

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Tim Minard Named To BVL Board Of Directors

BVL (Bowlers To Veterans Link) today announced that technology entrepreneur Timothy J. Minard of Atlanta, Ga., has been elected to the BVL Board of Directors. Minard is the CEO of Eclipse Gaming Systems, a global provider of gaming systems and technologies, and is also the founder, chairman and CEO of Sports Challenge Network (SCN). “Tim is an innovative business leader who brings a distinctive vision to the BVL Board,” said BVL Board Chair John LaSpina. “He has a tremendous passion for the work that BVL does, and we feel very fortunate to have him join our lineup ...

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David’s Back pack

KILROY’S BACKPACK David Kellerman is a former Boy Scout and Scoutmaster, so he will be using the classic Boy Scouts adage “Be Prepared” in the planning for his Appalachian Trail hike. It’s a challenge to find the balance to pack the necessary supplies for six months while still having the backpack be a manageable weight (30-35 lbs.) for 2,190 miles. Here’s the inside look at the contents of Kilroy’s Backpack. Gear 1-person tent bear canister (food canister – required on parts of the trail) blister kits ...

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About the Trail

ABOUT THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL: How long does it take to complete the entire Appalachian Trail?: The average is close to six months to complete the 2,190 mile hike. Most thru-hikers take between five and seven months to finish the hike. Hikers generally average eight miles per day at the beginning then increase mileage covered through the less mountainous areas as the hike continues northbound. How difficult is the Appalachian Trail? Very. The trail is mountainous throughout, with an elevation gain and loss equal to hiking Mt. Everest from sea level ...

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Fact Sheet

FACT SHEET – KILROY’S APPALACHIAN HIKE FOR VETERANS What: “Kilroy’s Appalachian Trail Hike for Veterans” – a 2,190-mile trek through the Appalachian Trail to support BVL (Bowlers To Veterans Link) and their work for veterans. Who: Bowling proprietor David “Kilroy” Kellerman, the 56-year-old owner of Mel’s Lone Star Lanes in Georgetown, Texas. Kellerman is also the current Vice President of the Texas Bowling Centers Association Board. When: The journey starts on April 3, 2019, on Springer Mountain, Ga., and is expected to ...

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Meet David

    Bowling proprietor David “Kilroy” Kellerman is the 56-year-old owner of Mel’s Lone Star Lanes in Georgetown, Texas. He is also the current Vice President of the Texas Bowling Centers Association Board, and serves on the board of the Greater Austin USBC Association. After working in the automotive industry for more than 25 years, Kellerman opened a family entertainment and bowling center in 2008 with his sister Dot Ammons. Mel’s Lone Star Lanes, named after Kellerman’s wife Melanie, is regarded as one of Texas’ ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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