When a military service member talks about a strike, it is usually in regards to an air strike. But not Sgt. Brian Dimuzio Jr., to him, a strike has a different meaning.
Dimuzio Jr., a member of Battery A, 119th Field Artillery, Michigan Army National Guard, was selected to compete on the All-Army Bowling Team.
Bowling since he was 4 years old, Dimuzio Jr. credits his love of the sport to his family. “My whole family has bowled and I’ve loved it since the first time I did it,” he said.
To be selected for the team, you must submit an application with your bowling resume and highest statistics. For Dimuzio Jr., those statistics include; 17, 300 games and 1, 800 series, just to name a few.
May 15-18 was the Armed Forces Championship in Jacksonville, Fla., where Dimuzio Jr. competed against other military service bowling teams. His team won gold overall. In the doubles category they won bronze, and mixed doubles also won bronze. The team ‘all-event-for-total-pinfall’ won silver.
“The whole experience was simply amazing, to say the least, the ability to compete at the top-notch level for All Armed Forces is nothing less than a major accomplishment,” said Dimuzio Jr. “With the toughness of the field in competition as well the knowledge of the game from all coaches and company representatives who came out to support us is huge.”
He compares bowling to the military by using the promotion system. “Being on the bowling team is a great perk the military has given me. You work towards goals as a team and as an individual. The focus you use is very similar to the focus you would use in achieving the next rank,” he said.
Dimuzio Jr. plans to compete again in the future. “I’m thankful for all of the opportunities they [the team] have given me, to mention a few I would like to thank Storm Bowling, 900 Global, of course my coach Don Deigo Aguilar, and Bill Sewell. And I’m really looking forward to returning for many more years to compete,” he said.