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 score sheets and instructions.

Iowa BVL Chair Connie Rommel explains that they thought this campaign was a perfect focus for their association. “We read about how it has provided soldiers, sailors and airmen an opportunity to take a break from the stresses of their jobs – a chance to break away and have some fun,” says Connie. “We decided it’s the perfect way to support Nina and her unit.”

Both Nina and her husband bowl in the Ames (IA) USBC, and Connie and Nina met when they bowled together in the Midwest Tournament.

Getting packages is always fun, but getting a bowling lane is truly unique. The Iowa State USBC leadership sent Nina’s address to BVL and, soon, Nina was the proud recipient of her own mini bowling center in a box.

But in no time at all, the lane was set up and Nina was ready to go, with the sand bags lining the walkways of the compound providing a “bumper bowling” concept.

“My battle buddies and I enjoy the lane a lot! It helps pass time when we have some down time.” Nina says. “It’s a lot of fun! :)”

Introduced in 2005 by BVL, has now delivered more than 550 kits to troops on active duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Korea and a host of other countries. The program has been tremendously successful.