"I know I said I can't feel my knees," Holscher says, "but let me tell you, they were weak." said Paralyzed Veterans of America Mid-Atlantic chapter member George Holscher from Virginia as he rolled the last ball in the 10th frame for his first “300” of his bowling career.
For George and his team, it was just another Monday night, November 26, 2012, at Indian River Lanes in Virginia Beach, VA, where George bowls in league play. Little did he know how special this night was going to be for him and all those that watched as the 12th ball rolled down the lanes and George rolled into wheelchair bowling history. George became only the second person in the history of the American Wheelchair Bowling Association’s 52-year history to bowl the “perfect” sanctioned game. Shawn Beam was the first to achieve such an accomplishment in May of 2012.
"When you're on a streak like that, the whole house gets quiet," he says. "Everyone else stops bowling. It gets tense." With a deep breath to steady his nerves, he let the last throw leave his fingers. The 60 feet to the pins seemed like 60 miles. His heart pounded with each revolution of the ball. "Everyone just went crazy. It was amazing."
Those that know George also know he is one of the most personable people one will ever come in contact with, someone that is always willing to help his fellow bowler with their questions. He is simply a bowler that gives back to the sport.
The AWBA and Paralyzed Veterans of America extends its congratulations to George for his contribution to the sport of wheelchair bowling and his most recent accomplishment.
They say things happen in a series of three so who will be the next “perfect” bowler to achieve their “300”?
Story by Mr. Gary Ryan, AWBA Secretary
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