Found May 26, 2012 on Larry Brown Sports:

Via Larry Brown Sports:

If you’re under the impression that bowling a perfect game is difficult, that’s because it is. In order to conquer the amazing feat, you have to bowl 12 straight strikes. Head down to the local bowling alley in your spare time and try to roll three in a row and let us know how it turns out. Then try doing it from a wheelchair. If you pull it off, Shawn Beam has nothing on you.

According to KDFW in Dallas-Fort Worth, Beam recently became the only known person in a wheelchair to bowl a perfect game. Born with a pinched nerve in his neck, Beam has been confined to a wheelchair his entire life. He decided bowling was a sport that interested him during his teenage years and has been hitting the lanes for about 22 years now. When he rolled 10 straight strikes last Friday, Beam said everyone at Cityview Lanes began to gather around.

“That’s when you know everybody noticed,” he said. “The whole place stops and everybody gathers behind you.”

On an average night, Beam said, he will roll about seven or eight strikes in a row. Knowing Shawn’s personal record is 11 straight strikes, his best friend rushed over to get a closer look. Then Beam hit lucky No. 12 and finished off his perfect score of 300.

“When I threw the last shot I felt like I did everything right. I felt like I did everything the same way I did the other 11,” he said. “When they all fell, man the feeling is just amazing.”

The U.S. Bowling Congress has certified Beam’s score, and the American Wheelchair Bowling Association confirmed that Beam is the first bowler in a wheelchair to ever roll a perfect game. Most of all, Beam hopes he can be an inspiration for others who find themselves confined to a wheelchair. When you accomplish something like that, it’s impossible for others in your position not to take note.


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  • absolutely amazing! I bowled my whole life and have four perfect games. I broke my back about 8 years ago and havent thrown a ball since. I can still walk and only pain stops me, but this man has inspired me to go back to doing something I loved so much...Thanks Shawn!
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  • It would not have been perfect if he wasn't playing with a handicap.
  • Are you trying to say he has a handicap added to reach that awesome 300 or an obvious handicap from being in a wheelchair ? Sounds like sour grapes to me - - - pure jealousy !
  • That is just stupidest comment I have ever heard. You are either brain dead or just an ugly person. I hope you are faced with a handicap sometime soon, see how perfect your game will be!
  • As the mother of a handicapped son I can only think you are jealous.... Go get a wheelchair and bowl and see how easy it is. ITS NOT
  • yadida you are my hero. Look at all the butthurt people that can't take a joke. Hey rene52, I'm going to steal your son's wheelchair and bowl a perfect game. I won't be giving it back. Then I'm going to take a dump in your bed.
  • BRAVO, encore encore encore! Now this is a rockin' story. I truly applaude this mans spirit and determination. TRULY INSPIRATIONAL, just goes to show what we can do if we just try. We are capable of anything if we are willing to put in the work!
  • Bravo... I can't imagine how difficult it was for him? Truly, I am inspired by this gentleman...
  • Kudos Shawn, an awesome game! Inspirational to others as well.
  • That is a TERRIFIC achievement, Shawn! Must be a great feeling to be the FIRST EVER! That goes to show just how difficult of an accomplishment it was!!

    I haven't bowled in a league for a couple of decades now. Got burned out, plus it was getting too darn expensive. That's why I gave up golf too. I got priced right out of my two favorite sports. Oh well. I've had 3 or 4 11 strike games, but never a 300. My spare or open frame was ALWAYS the FOURTH! Weird.

    I met my wife while working in a bowling alley. We just celebrated our 30th four days ago. For all you single guys and gals out there, a bowling alley is a better-than-average place to meet eligible’s!

    Shawn, you say on an average night that you roll seven or eight strikes in a row. That's AVERAGE for you?!? I kept wishing the person who wrote this piece would mention what your average was. That sort of thing is of interest to other bowlers. If you're routinely rolling seven or eight in a row, I assume you have a 200+ average. I could never maintain more than a 190 average. However, I NEVER practiced, only bowled ONE league a week, and I was a lefty -- meaning I always had much more oil to deal with than righties did as the night wore on. The high average guys typically practice, and bowl on two or three leagues a week, if not more. It is their passion. For me, it was just a past-time.

    The one thing about the wheelchair is that it would help you to always arrive at the foul line in the same manner each and every time (assuming that you bowl from a stationary position). Consistency is a BIG deal if you're going to excel in ANY sport. The other thing is that it would help you to keep your hips square at the line (all-important). Other than that, I can't think of too many advantages. Just glaring disadvantages!

    Let me say again -- JOB WELL DONE, Shawn!! If I've made any assumptions that are inaccurate, I apologize. PLEASE feel free to respond and correct me wherever I boo-booed.
  • Wheelchair or not its AWSOME!
  • Fantastic achievement but there is a gentleman at the VA Center in Dayton, OH that has had numerous 300 games while using a wheelchair and a ramp.
  • I don't know why they can't fix his pinched nerve in his neck. I had one and they did an operation to open the area up to release the nerve. I don't know what he has to lose he's already paralized. I could see it if he has broken bones causing his injury but he was born with it. Maybe he just accepted that he is like that and doesn't know that medically he could be fixed today.
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  • First of all congradulations on the 300 game, but one thing the newscaster stated is that Shawn Beam wants to bowl a perfect series of 800? 800 is not a perfect series it's 900 (300 x 3 = 900), but I still wish Shawn Beam good luck and continued success with his bowling.
  • Nothing to say but AWESOME GAME SHAWN: CONGRADULATIONS!!!!!!!!
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