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Two Special Presentations at US Women’s Open

United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer and two-time reigning Professional Women's Bowling Association Player of the Year Liz Johnson took home the grand prize at the 2017 U.S. Women's Open at Plano Super Bowl (Plano, Tex.) on Sunday August 6. The win marked the sixth time in her career that Liz has claimed the coveted green jacket, inching closer to the heights of women’s professional bowling icon Marion Ladewig. Plano Super Bowl owner Jamie Brooks was delighted to have his center be part of bowling history. But before those finals ever got started on Sunday, the crowd assembled at Plano Super Bowl lauded a hero of a different kind ...

DFW Bowling Community Launches Campaign for Special Wheelchairs

Bowlers in the Dallas Fort Worth area are joining together to support a unique fundraiser, in conjunction with the US Women’s Open at the Plano Super Bowl,  to provide mobility-restricted area military veterans with automated all-terrain wheelchairs.  The planned donation will allow veterans access to beaches, hills and otherwise difficult-to-navigate topography.  The effort is being championed by area business leader and bowling center owner Jamie Brooks. The first chair will be presented to Arlington, Tex. resident and Vietnam Vet Mike Smith at the event on August 6. Smith, who comes from a family of veterans, was exposed to Agent Orange ...

“We Just Wanted to Give Back to the Sport” PBA Pros Making a Difference for America’s Veterans

Wide Array of Sponsors Show Support In a gratifying show of unity from throughout the sport of bowling, a unique “across all brands” sponsorship event recently resulted in a fun and education-filled day for 30 bowlers in Tennessee to benefit, in part, America’s veterans through BVL. Hosted by Oak Ridge Bowling Center, the “Super Clinic” was the brainchild of Oak Ridge General Manager Craig Porter and brought to reality by PBA pro Sean Rash along with Jason Belmonte, EJ Tackett, Tommy Jones, Ronnie Russell, Bill O’Neil and Dom Barrett. The clinic was held Saturday, June 24th with the support of sponsors representing the breadth of ...

BVL’s BEST Awarded to Bowling Center Operators at Bowl Expo

Twelve operators with centers from New York to California were honored with the annual BVL’s BEST awards, in recognition for their outstanding support of bowling’s own, oldest and most successful charity during the 2015-2016 season. Once again, Maple Family Centers (NY/FL) was at the forefront with their donation of $52,450.00.The centerpiece of the Maple Family Centers’ fundraising event was the second annual Johnny Petraglia/BVL PBA 50 Open. Two other long-time multi-unit owner operators were recognized for their commitment to America’s veterans through BVL – John Sommer of Don Carter Lanes Group (IL) and Pat and Lisa Ciniello from ...

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 include two for electronic bowling. Teams of five – with up to three alternates ...

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 at Maple Lanes and formed a deep friendship. Over the years, John’s family ...

Games Bringing Veterans to Biloxi

Retired Marine Corps Sergeant Major Doris Denton (1961-1981 including a tour in Vietnam) will be one of nearly 800 Veterans participating in the National Veterans Golden Age Games, May 7 – 11 in Biloxi, Miss.  BVL is one of the sponsors of the event. When Denton first heard about the National Veterans Golden Age Games she jumped at the opportunity to participate.  “A speaker from the Biloxi VA came to the Armed Forces Retirement Home, and told us about the Games,” she said. “I thought, why not?” She will compete in bocce, shuffleboard, horseshoes, and table tennis at the Games. Denton’s advice to her fellow veterans, “Don’t ...

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 the top five state associations for the 15-16 season.  The associations and ...

Brightening Veterans’ Lives: One Veteran at a Time

A newcomer to the recent Winter Sports Clinic, sponsored in part by BVL, Army veteran William Márquez, credits “a cast of thousands” that got him there. You see, Márquez did not use the VA when he left the Army. In fact, after his discharge he did not even identify as a Veteran. He did not think the VA was for him. It took another Veteran recommending that he use the VA before he finally came around. His friend continued encouraging him to sign up for care and, eventually, things changed. The VA staff stayed in touch with Márquez and kept recommending additional care until he got the proper diagnosis and help he needed. “(O...

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 trip to participate in the PBA50 BVL/Johnny Petraglia Open this May to support ...