Del Ballard

Del Ballard

In 2010 I was diagnosed with tonsil cancer and from that day on my life has been forever changed.  Being a Professional Bowler for over 30 years, you meet a lot of people and become a part of a fantastic bowling community. It was only a natural fit that I bring the sport I love, bowling, into the world of trying to Fight The Big “C”. Helping our community and others while going through the cancer journey is now a passion for me and my family. I continue to travel as a PBA Tour Representative ad coach both domestically and internationally and own and operate four pro-shops: Ballard’ Bowling Solutions in the Ft. Worth area. Bowling in our community working together to lick The Big “C”, that’s the game plan.

  • Cancer free for three and a half years
  • Professional Bowler for over 30 years
  • 13 PBA Professional Championships
  • Owner Ballard’s Bowling Solutions Pro Shops
  • Owner Ballard’s Bowling Academy
  • Storm/Roto Grip Coach and Tour Representative for the PBA Tour
  • PBA/USBC Hall of Fame
  • Chairperson – Ballard vs. The Big “C”

Vicki Rihel Smith

Vicki Rihel Smith is a wife, mother of 2 and a business owner. She is the managing broker and founder of Relocity Real Estate. In addition, she is a member of the National Association of Realtors ®, Texas Association of Realtors ®, and he Metrotex Association of Realtors ®.

She lost her mother to cancer and has many loved ones that have survived cancer. Vicki is determined to make a difference in the community funding support for cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones.

Carolyn Dorin-Ballard

I still remember that day in May 2010, when I heard the doctor say to Del, “You have tonsil cancer.” For the next year and a half to two years, my life was a complete blur. Our lives were forever hanged by the Big “C”. Ballard vs. The Big “C” was brought to life two years after Del’s diagnosis in 2012. Being involved in the bowling industry for over 30 years, it’s the fantastic bowling community that become your extended family. It was only fitting that we use the vehicle we know to help others in their fight with the Big “C”. Every day we are thankful for our family and friends that have omitted to help us in the Fight.

  • Professional Bowler for over 30 years
  • 22 PWBA/PBA Professional Championships
  • Co-Owner Ballard’s Bowling Solutions
  • Co-Owner Ballard’s Bowling Academy
  • Roto Grip Professional Staff Member
  • USBC Director of Coaching
  • Co-Chairman Ballard vs. The Big “C”

Tina Taylor

Tina Taylor is a wife, mother of 1, a full time employee of Houghton Insurance Agency LLC. She is the owner of BowlTNT, a bowling tournament/entertainment company.

She is determined to make a difference in the community funding support for cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones.

About BvsBC

Our history is simple: Ballard vs. The Big “C” is a bowling charity event that was created out of love and friendship for a Husband, Dad, Brother, Uncle and Friend. Team BVBC knew that through Bowling we could raise money to help other patients going through the cancer journey. Del Ballard, Jr. was diagnosed in May of 2010 with tonsil cancer and from that day forward, life has never been the same.

Sitting in the living room of the Ballard home one night while Del rested after treatment, a group of friends decided that We Could and Would create a fun event to help others. As the drinks flowed and the chatter went on, the event became a reality. “I remember saying to Terry Taylor the next day, I think if we get about 15 teams and raise about $10,000 we will be going in the right direction”. His response to me was the following: “CDB, you are way too low and it’s going to be bigger than that”. Terry was right and with the help of many, we have raised over $145,000 in three years for our community.

Our business plan was written, put into motion and everyone we contacted helped in one way or another. Our Team is strong and has grown over the last four years. It’s amazing what the love for one person can do and how it can change the lives of others.

We continue to grow and became an official 501C3. Our supporters which include: 28 sponsors, 52 teams, and over 600 people fill a bowling center over a weekend to give back to their community. Anyone that tells me things are not possible does not know the power of friendship or the power of the bowling community.

Del has helped many people over the years on and off the lanes, he was a true champion and one of the best the sport has seen, but it’s his strength in the midst of adversity that is amazing. BVBC is a true testament to how much he is loved.