Published May 27, 2012
Shawn Beam is perfect.
Beam is celebrating bowling a 300 game Friday night at CityView Lanes in Fort Worth, Texas, KDFW reports.
And what makes the feat even more extraordinary is that he did it from his wheelchair.
Beam said he was born with a pinched nerve and has been in a wheelchair all his life. He took up bowling when he was a teenager and has been competing for about 22 years.
Seven or eight strikes a night is normal for him. But on Friday he hit nine. Then he hit 10.
"That's when you know everybody noticed. The whole place stops and everybody gathers behind you," Beam told KDFW-FOX 4.
According to the American Wheelchair Bowling Association, it was the first time a bowler in a wheelchair had ever rolled a perfect game.
Officials at the U.S. Bowling Congress in Arlington, the headquarters for the sport, certified his score and put his game in the record books, the station reports.
Now he just hopes that others who are in a wheelchair know it's possible.