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About billgator97

I started this blog to highlight how wheelchair users, especially power wheelchair users, are being empowered through sport, in particular: dynamic wheelchair bowling. It's actually bowling that emulates the able-bodied bowling process, i.e. setup, then physically approach and release the ball upon stopping short of the foul line. I happen to be paralyzed from my neck down, and ventilator-dependent, yet I've actually bowled 24 legitimate games of 200 or better. I say that NOT to brag, but to show what is possible and make the point that ANY wheelchair user who can safely operate their chair, they can bowl (I helped invent a device that makes it possible). Please look around and feel free to ask any questions! Thanks and God bless!

IKAN Have Fun Bowling League – 2017 Quarter 1 – RESULTS!

With the end of March upon us, we are wrapping up the first quarter (Q1: January-March 2017) of our “IKAN Have Fun Bowling League” where wheelchair users (and friends or family bowling with them) can compete from anywhere in the … Continue reading

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Two IKAN Bowler® Users Enter the 200 Club Nine Days Apart

Jesse Collens and Zak Schmoll have not met, and yet they have an interesting connection. They are both wheelchair users who recently joined the “200 Club” for dynamic wheelchair bowling with an IKAN Bowler®. But how they did so is … Continue reading

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‘This Is How I’ BOWL! :-)

AbleThrive has a ‘this is how I’ campaign to change perceptions of people with disabilities, or different abilities. I am a C1-2 quadriplegic, paralyzed from my neck down and I drive my chair with my mouth via sip-and-puff, and yet … Continue reading

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You Can Empower Yourself in 2017

I feel like I just got hit in the face with a 1-2 punch of profound messages that can inspire positive change for anyone needing or wanting such. The first was a truly profound blog post written by someone in … Continue reading

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Wheelchair Bowling League (Online) Coming Soon!

The IKAN Have Fun Bowling League (Online) is beginning in January, 2017! We want to provide a way for wheelchair users (and friends/family) to have fun in friendly competition from anywhere in the world. PARTICIPANTS WANTED! :-) To make it … Continue reading

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Quad Squad Bowling – Things to Know…

We have a local (central Florida) Quad Squad group of friends who get together and bowl regularly. A similar Quad Squad group is being formed in Washington state. FORMATION OF A QUAD SQUAD: Quad Squad is kind of a generic … Continue reading

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Low or No Cost Ways To Get an IKAN Bowler®

The IKAN Bowler® is a well-engineered, durable adaptive bowling device empowering all types of wheelchair users to be able to bowl. Each unit is proudly manufactured individually, by hand, to precision standards in Brandon, Florida USA. We realize the IKAN … Continue reading

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Quadriplegic misses bowling 300 game by one frame… sort of!

Okay, technically the title of this blog is true. I am a quadriplegic, and I missed bowling a perfect 300 game by two pins in the ninth frame, and wound up with a 264 and 11 strikes. Wait, what? That … Continue reading

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Incredible Three-Game Series Bowled by Power Wheelchair User

Curtis (Curt) Wolff is an excellent bowler, despite having to bowl from a seated position. Curt was an avid bowler – averaging in the 220s – before being afflicted by the West Nile virus, which resulted in him experiencing acute … Continue reading

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Yet Another New Bowling Record for Wheelchair Users Driving by Head Array

Mike Murach has done it again! :-) Bowling with family and friends recently, Mike literally rolled to a 190 in his second game. In his email to me with the good news, he pointed out the disparity between his first … Continue reading

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