BVL Celebrates Veterans Day

November 11, 2017

BVL’s gift of more than one million dollars to provide recreational and therapeutic programs and services to America’s hospitalized inpatient and outpatient veterans was recognized today by Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin during a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery celebrating Veteran’s Day.  BVL Executive Director Mary Harrar and the BVL Board of Directors…

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Fun on the Lanes Creates Brighter Days for Arizona Veterans

October 27, 2017

League bowlers in Arizona played a critical leadership role last season for BVL, contributing more than $42,000.00 to support our mission. More than $27,000 was raised by members of the Metro Phoenix USBC, the largest single amount of any local USBC association nationwide. Notably, associations representing Yuma, Copper Counties, Tucson, Lake Havasu City, and Arizona…

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Painting Change at the VA

October 25, 2017

“Art therapy is no different from working out at the gym. It is an awesome outlet to resolve your issues,” according to U.S. Army Airborne Infantry Veteran Anthony Jones. “In 2015 I decided I needed to change, I dedicated myself to the health care and programs offered at the VA.” Jones said. BVL is proud…

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Driving Forward

October 10, 2017

Brazos Area (TX) USBC BVL supporters teamed up with the local Disabled American Veterans Chapter and other community members to ensure veterans have access to their healthcare needs at the Temple VA Medical Center.  Together, the group raised enough money to purchase a full sized 10 person van to vets to their appointments. Bravo to…

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“Re-Creation” – Delivering Medicine not Dispensed in a Bottle

September 25, 2017

It often starts out differently; sometimes it begins with the tapping of the foot, swaying back and forth, or a twinkle in the eye…  But we always know how it ends… clapping, standing, if possible, and full throated song. And it happens at more than 100 VA Medical Centers and Veterans Homes throughout the country…

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work! BVL Donations Top One Million Dollars for 16-17 Season

September 13, 2017

We did it!  For the first time since 2001, bowling’s own, oldest and most successful charity cleared the million dollar mark – raising $1,069,779.75 going into our 75th Anniversary year. “We’re absolutely delighted that we have broken that million dollar mark,” notes Executive Director Mary Harrar.  “These monies were raised in small towns and big…

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Plano Veteran Receives Special All-Terrain Wheelchair

August 16, 2017

Plano, Texas native and Vietnam Veteran Mike Smith’s world got much bigger and brighter this week thanks to BVL and the efforts led by area bowling center proprietor Jamie Brooks. Mike has been confined to a wheelchair after having been diagnosed with several of the signs of Agent Orange including diabetes and congestive heart failure,…

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Two Special Presentations at US Women’s Open

August 15, 2017

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…

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DFW Bowling Community Launches Campaign for Special Wheelchairs

July 18, 2017

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…

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

July 18, 2017

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”…

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