Friday night’s event began, fittingly, with the national anthem, as Fiesta Lanes launched its Wounded Warrior League.
Starting the league was Carma Herndon’s idea — a spin off from the Wine-and-Cheese Bowl-A-Thon, where the money also went to the WWP.
When Herndon, whose duty is outside sales for Fiesta Lanes. proposed the idea to Thomas Coleman, one of the owners, he said he was all for it.
“It’s a positive thing,” Coleman said. “It’s a positive event for our military, it’s a positive event for the community and it’s a positive event for Fiesta Lanes. So, all three come together as one; it’s just a fantastic idea.”
Coleman didn’t think the event would be as successful as what it was.
“I thought it would be a smaller type league,” Coleman said. “But I think once the word got out — because we are in Central Texas, military USA — it just sprung to life.”
If anybody thinks it’s too late to join or strictly only for military and veterans, it’s not. The league is 12 weeks long and will continue through the summer, so people can still sign up and participate.
“Just because we have a registration doesn’t mean that we’re cut off,” Coleman said. “Anybody is more than welcome to come and sign up.”
The more people who participate, the higher the return back to the WWP.
Bowler Anita Bishop is the mother of a wounded warrior. Her son served as an infantryman in the Marine Corps, and deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
“The Wounded Warrior Project does so much wonderful stuff, and we need to help them every way we can,” Bishop said. “If I can do anything to help them, I will.”
Her son only served two years and medically retired from the service.
“He was hurt really bad,” she said. “I got the phone call, and he was in critical but stable condition.”
Then she was told everything that was wrong.
“I thought, ‘He doesn’t have enough room in his body for all that,’” Bishop said.
She said the WWP helped her son a lot. When he was on convalesce leave, he went on trips, fishing, traveled to Houston to watch a football game and met with former NFL players.
“I can’t say enough about them,” Bishop said. “When the opportunity came up, I’m here for them.”