BVL "Bowl for Freedom"

ISBPA Centers Roll Out "Bowl for Freedom"

Fundraising Campaign to Support U.S. Troops


Illinois State BPA centers will offer a variety of ways this summer for bowlers to support U.S. troops and veterans through a new fundraising campaign called “Bowl for Freedom.”

“Bowl for Freedom” was created by bowling’s official charity, the Bowlers to Veterans Link (“BVL”), which supports U.S. veterans and active-duty servicemen and women. This unique program allows participating centers to develop individualized BVL fundraising promotions using the “Bowl for Freedom” theme. These programs may range from 99-cents-a-game offers to combination deals to special bowlathon fundraisers.

Participating ISBPA centers and the “Bowl for Freedom” fundraising promotions they will offer, along with the time frames for each promotion, will be listed below as details become available. (The information is also available at this interactive BVL Web site)

Northern Illinois BPA Centers
4 Seasons Bowling Center, 1100 W. Galena Ave., Freeport
Forest Hills Lanes,7742 Forest Hills Rd., Loves Park
Park Lanes, 5318 N. 2nd St., Loves Park
B&B Park Bowl,5626 N. 2nd St., Loves Park
The Cherry Bowl, 7171 Cherryvale Blvd., Rockford
Don Carter Lanes,4007 E. State St., Rockford
Viking Lanes,210 Oakgrove Ave., South Beloit

Aug. 8-10 - "Good Old Days" - 99-cents bowling (per game), shoes, Pepsi, hot dogs and Miller High Life beer; all proceeds donated


Will County BPA Centers
Channahon Lanes, 25306 Eames, Channahon
Crest Hill Lanes,905 Theodore, Crest Hill
Joliet Town & Country Lanes, 2231 W. Jefferson St., Joliet
Laraway Lanes,1009 W. Laraway Rd., New Lenox
Peotone Bowling Center,210 N. Second St., Peotone
Plainfield Lanes,15610 S. Joliet Rd., Plainfield
Riverfront Lanes,402 S. Water St., Wilmington
Strike 'N' Spare II, 811 Northern Dr., Lockport
Strikers Bowl, 643 Dixie Hwy., Beecher

Aug. 1-17 - 50 cents of every paid game bowled will be donated to BVL


Arena Lanes, 4700 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn

Aug. 15, all day - $1.25 a game, all bowling receipts donated to Bowl For Freedom/BVL.


Liberty Lanes,115 LW Besinger Dr., Carpentersville

July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 7, 14, 21,  6-10 pm - $2 a game; $1 a game donated


Lawn Lanes, 6750 S. Pulaski, Chicago

Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24, 9 a.m. - noon - $2 shoe rental and $2 a game; $1 a game donated


Chicagoland Brunswick Zone Centers

Ten Brunswick Zone centers in Northern Illinois are offering bowling for 50 cents a game one day a month through August, with all proceeds donated to "Bowl for Freedom." Click here for a list of participating centers, and the day and time the 50-cent/game offer is available. More details, and a registration form for groups, is available online at


Interested bowlers may also contact their nearest ISBPA centers to inquire about specific “Bowl for Freedom” offers. A list of ISBPA member centers along with contact information is available on the “Member Centers” page. Participating centers will display promotional flyers, posters and other materials with the “Bowl for Freedom” theme and artwork (see sample graphic above).

BVL is a 501(c) 3 non-profit charity that has raised nearly $30 million since its founding in 1942. Funds are used to provide grants to rehabilitation and recreation programs in and outside of VA Medical Centers and state veteran homes; support six national veterans recreational events including the Wheelchair Games and Golden Age Games; support the national tours of the “Re-Creation” entertainment troupe, and operate a mail-in bowling tournament for veterans that is now in its 66th year. More information on BVL’s programs and history is available at

BVL is also a member of the GoodSearch Network, which helps non-profits raise money via activities such as online searches and shopping. Visit for more details.