Bowling for Dollars

Plano bowler rolls toward record while helping charities

The "Guinness Book of World Records" lists the longest single stint of non-stop bowling at five days, two hours. Stephen Shanabrook believes he can top that mark.

The Plano resident set out to claim the record starting at 8 a.m. Monday at Plano Super Bowl. He'll get a five-minute break for each hour he rolls, and a one-hour break after logging 12 hours if he skips those 5 minute breaks. If all goes according to his plan, he should rise to the top of the duration bowling world sometime Saturday afternoon. Talk about a small world.

That's the selfish part. Here's the unselfish part: He's also bowling to raise money for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. So, good for him.

Supporters can bowl right along with him -- for a fee going to charity -- and hey, who knows, maybe the record will be set twice in that span if somebody gets on a roll.

Brunswick Bowling, Shanabrook's sponsor, made two balls for him -- one regular and one with larger holes drilled for when his fingers start to swell, so the man will pay a price.

"If I can bowl and raise money, and also set a world record, then it's a win-win situation," he said. "Even if i don't make it, I've raised money for all these different charities. But I'm not stopping until (the record's) broken."

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He loves games you can play while drinking beer.

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