BVL Proud: Supporting Our Veterans at the Winter Sports Clinic

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 ...

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Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Johnny “Joey” Jones Speaks at USBC Convention

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 ...

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USBC Associations Honored for BVL Donations

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 ...

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BVL: Opening Doors in Community Reintegration

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. ...

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The Little Fundraiser That Could: Larry’s Lucky Strikes and the Gogebic Iron USBC Tips the Scales for BVL

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 ...

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Visit BVL at the 2018 USBC Convention in Reno!

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...

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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. 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...

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Happy Trails for Veterans in Equine Therapy

Some of the most innovative recreation therapy programs for veterans in the nation can be found at the Grand Junction (CO) Veterans Health Care System (HCS).   Their current list of activities includes bicycling, fly-fishing, bowling, aquatic therapy, kayaking, skiing, rock-climbing, geocaching, hunting, as well as community outings and arts programs.  “We pride ourselves on providing veterans the best and most diverse set of activities to set and keep them on the path to a positive and healthy lifestyle,” says   Recreation Therapy Supervisor Matt Lucas, CTRS.  ...

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During Valentines Week: Have a Heart, Give a Heart

BVL is joining with the Department of Veterans Affairs to celebrate National Salute to Veteran Patients Week, which is held each year during the week of February 14, to say “thank you” to a special group of men and women -- the more than 98,000 Veterans of the U.S. armed services who are cared for every day in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers, outpatient clinics, domiciliaries, and nursing homes. Although activities will vary from one facility to another, sending special Valentine’s cards is encouraged. “Although those of us involved in ...

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Iowa State “Girls Just Wanna Give Fun”

When the leadership of the Iowa State USBC WBA learned that Iowan Sgt. Nina Fisher was being deployed halfway around the world in service to our country, they knew they wanted to make a difference… So they set about on a course to participate in BVL’s “Lanes for the Troops” program, which sends a portable 26-foot long red, white and blue carpet bowling lane, a 5 lb. rubberized bowling ball and lightweight plastic bowling pins to active duty troops. The lane, ball and pins, packaged in a nylon carrying bag, can be set up in a few minutes time. The kit also includes ...

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