Annual BVL/VA Bowling Tournament Set for March

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.

President Truman on the White House Lanes at the inaugural BVL/VA Bowling Tournament.

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 facilities. It has seven separate divisions based on physical and age parameters; including two divisions for electronic bowling.

Teams of five – with up to three alternates – bowl a total of 45 games and submit scores to BVL. All competitors receive a certificate of participation, and team members in the top three teams in each division receive medals.

“BVL is proud to host this tournament for veterans,” said BVL Executive Director Mary Harrar. “From our tournament, to our longtime support of the VA’s national veterans’ sports and creative arts programs, to our regular bowling events for those receiving care at Walter Reed, BVL is committed to ensuring that our nation’s veterans have access to constructive activities that enrich lives and create positive change.”

Hospitals and Outpatient Clinics can submit their scores here.