Why competing in Virginia fishing tournament ‘means a lot’ for these veterans

Why competing in Virginia fishing tournament 'means a lot' for these veterans
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HOPEWELL Va. — The Old Dominion Brawl Bass Fishing Tournament took place Saturday along the James River at the Hopewell Marina.

The annual event hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America drew attendees not only from Virginia and North Carolina but from as far as Indiana, according to organizers.

“It means a lot to them, just getting out and doing things,” Jimmy May, the Chester-based chapter’s president, said.


New members are always welcome, Johnny Holland, the group’s sports director, said.

“We love to get new members to bring veterans out because a lot of people don’t think I can bowl no more,” Holland said. “I can’t play basketball, I can’t play softball, golf or whatever. But we have everything that an able-bodied person can do.”

Holland said the veterans take part in a number of athletics.

“Basketball, bowling,…

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