National Women’s Bowling event kicks off June 6

Get ready for the BVL (or Bowlers to Veterans Link) Open.

It’s a week-long bowling event, featuring professional women bowlers and kicking off June 6 in Rockville Centre.

There, Maple Family Centers will host the event, highlighting women’s sports and supporting local veterans. Maple Family Centers said it is donating all proceeds to BVL, the industry’s charity, for recreational and therapeutic programs. These programs are located at the Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook University, the Northport VA Medical Center and the St. Albans VA Medical Center.

The event features three Professional Women’s Bowling Association national tournaments.

“We are proud to welcome the world’s top women bowlers to Maple Lanes RVC and to give local bowling enthusiasts the opportunity to witness first-hand the incredible skill level and commitment of these elite competitors,” John LaSpina, president of Maple Family Centers, said in a statement.

“We are equally proud to support BVL and to give back to veterans in our local communities, who have given so much of themselves,” added LaSpina, whose company owns additional bowling centers in New York and Florida.

An all-access pass, which is valid for the entire seven-day event, is available for a $100 donation to BVL.

The event starts on June 6 with “Bowl with the Pros,” when locals can bowl with professional women bowlers. This is followed by tournaments, starting with the PWBA Long Island Classic June 7-8, and the PWBA BowlTV Classic June 9-10. The top-scoring 24 players from the first two tournaments will advance to the PWBA BVL Classic, scheduled for June 11-12, with the championship matches broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network on Sunday, June 12, from 12-5 pm

“All of us at the Long Island State Veterans Home are once again enamored by the tremendous generosity of Maple Family Centers and the LaSpina family,” Fred Sganga, executive director of the Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook University, a 350-bed skilled nursing facility, said in a statement.

“Funds that are raised at events like the PBWA Long Island Classic go directly to support the therapeutic needs of our most compromised veterans,” he added. “Over the years, we have been able to provide virtual reality programs, as well as other forums that engage the brave women and men whose personal sacrifice of military service have protected the freedoms, we all enjoy today as Americans.”

Founded by the Women’s International Bowling Congress in 1943, the BVL got its start raising funds to pay for medical transport planes to ferry wounded soldiers to hospitals during WWII. The BVL continues to raise funds for a variety of recreational equipment and therapeutic supplies to improve the lives of active-duty military and veterans.

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