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April 19, 2013

Former Hokies At Charity Bowl

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For a guy who carries around his own bowling ball, it made sense.

Former Virginia Tech wide receiver David Clowney's foundation wanted a way to get former Hokies players involved, while also raising money for charity. Clowney, who took part charity bowling events with the New York Jets where he formerly played, decided to hold his own.

Clowney held his first Bowl-a-Thon tonight at the New River Valley Superbowl in Christiansburg. The event featured former Virginia Tech and NFL stars Tyrod Taylor, Brandon Flowers, Kam Chancellor and others, with proceeds benefitting Clowney's foundation, which helps underprivileged kids, inner-city youth, helping with college tuition, textbooks.

"Actually I am a bowler," Clowney said. "I love bowling. I'm actually gonna go to my car and get four of my own bowling balls so I can put up some high scores tonight. But it just started when I was with the Jets. Having the David Clowney Foundation, sometimes you have to do fund-raisers to raise money to put together football camps, different games."

For guys like former linebacker Vince Hall, it was a chance to get back to his alma mater, which he doesn't get the chance to do that often, from his native Chesapeake, Va.

"It brings back memories," Hall said. "We all came back together and as soon as I saw 'Roanoke, 29 miles,' I was like, 'Man, mmm, mmm, mmm.' We just start reminiscing, man and it's just good memories."

Taylor is back in the New River Valley after winning a Super Bowl with Baltimore in February. Taylor, the backup quarterback, is already back to work.

"That was a wonderful feeling, but you know, the season starts around very quickly," Taylor said. "Being a Super Bowl team, you have to get back to work faster than everyone else because workouts open up at the same time for everybody. We're back at work, we're actually a week in, but as far as the Super Bowl, that was a great feeling. It was great to send Ray (Lewis) out on his retirement party like that."

Chancellor is back and getting his own foundation together that benefits single-parent families. His Seattle Seahawks lost in the divisional playoffs this season, but he's confident in getting back next season.

"Clowney, he reached out to us," Chancellor said. "It's kinda hard to get in touch with a lot of guys after college because everybody's just dispersing around the country. He reached out to me online and he asked me was I gonna be at the spring game and I told him yes. He told me had had a charity bowling event going on and I'm all about charity."

It's just the first year for the bowling event, but Clowney is already set to make it back for a second bowl-a-thon next year. Clowney said his high score is 250, which he's looking to best among his former teammates and fellow Hokies.

"As soon as you get on campus, just so many memories start coming back," he said. "It's just with your old teammates. I met my wife at Virginia Tech and it's been a great experience. Everything about Virginia Tech has been awesome for me. It's the reason why I made it to the NFL, thanks to Coach Beamer. I just keep kicking it and I'm excited to be back in the Blacksburg, Christiansburg area."

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