Lanes for the Troops

Carpet Bowling Lane Kits Enjoyed by
American Service Men and Women Around the Globe

Thanks to BVL when active duty troops around the world have some down time, they can enjoy some fun and competition via a lightweight, portable carpet bowling lane kit, shipped complete with a rubberized bowling ball, ten pins and score sheets.

2007:  BVL Begins Sending Portable Bowling Lanes to Active Duty Troops

2007: BVL Begins Sending Portable Bowling Lanes to Active Duty Troops

“Lanes for the Troops,” introduced in 2005 by  BVL, has now delivered more than 550 kits to troops deployed on active duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Korea and a host of other countries. The program has been tremendously successful — providing soldiers, sailors and airmen an opportunity to take a break from the stresses of their jobs and enjoy the fun and camaraderie of the sport. The kit consists of a 26 foot long red, white and blue carpet bowling lane, a 5 lb. rubberized bowling ball and lightweight plastic bowling pins. The lane, ball and pins, packaged in a nylon carrying bag, can be set up in a few minutes time, whenever a break in the schedule permits. The kit also includes score sheets and instructions.

“The response to this campaign has been tremendous – from both our volunteers and the service men and women who have received the kit,” explains BVL Board Chair John LaSpina. “They love it, and we love it.”

Initial shipments of the lane kits went to 40 bases in Iran and Afghanistan, but as word of the kits spread, requests for more lanes poured in from individual service men and women in outposts around the globe. Reports from the troops indicate that the lanes are in use on rooftops in Baghdad, along military airstrips, on board ships in the Gulf, and in dozens of camps in the Iraqi desert.

From the U.S.S. Enterprise, one seaman says this, “Whenever we find a time to set the lane up, it tends to bring out Sailors from every hatch looking for a chance to relieve some stress. And everyone agrees that this is one of the coolest packages ever…”

From Camp Arifjan, a soldier wrote, “I have to say that this is one of the greatest ideas I have seen come to Kuwait.  Thank you for what you are doing for the troops.”Gage Bowl Middle East

Campaigns to fund the contribution of a kit to the troops are underway coast to coast.  In Tennessee, a Sunday school class raised money to help the effort. In Rockford, Ill., Riverside Community Bank set up a lane in their lobby and encouraged their customers to donate to the effort. “It was a fun way for Riverside to show our community service,” reports spokesperson Paula Schweinler.

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