Brunswick News

December 22, 2011

Eight-Year-Old Joins Sean Rash for Ceremonial First Roll

On Sunday, January 1, eight-year-old Dan McCarty rolls out a ceremonial first ball with Brunswick Pro, Sean Rash, on ESPN at 1 p.m. EST from The Professional Bowling Association (PBA) World Championship Johnny Petraglia Division Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dan’s story is an incredible one – he lives with a disease called osteogenisis imperfecta also known as brittle bone disease. Despite his challenges, he is a remarkable little boy who wants to be an advocate for other children and individuals who live with intellectual or developmental impairments. Dan’s positive spirit and charisma is contagious, this young man has asked to be a vital part of the Las Vegas chapter of Best Buddies to help educate the community about the importance of helping those with disabilities.

“For me, meeting Dan and his family made my play at the World Series of Bowling even more special,” said Rash. “It was very emotional to do the ceremonial roll with Dan to kick off the tournament. Throughout play, I felt his passion as he cheered for me. He was a great fan to have in the crowd and his continued support motivated me to play my best. I am thankful to Brunswick and the PBA who embraced Dan and his family. He is truly an inspiration to us all because of his charismatic personality and determination.”

The history behind Dan McCarty and Sean Rash:
Prior to the WSOB kick-off, Brunswick hosted a photo shoot for all Brunswick players. Brunswick was asked if individuals from Best Buddies could attend, of course Brunswick agreed. During this photo shoot, Dan McCarty and Brunswick Pro, Sean Rash, had an immediate and amazing connection.

Brunswick Bowling & Billiards, a leader within the bowling industry, has worked directly with the Las Vegas Chapter of Best Buddies and the Professional Bowlers Association to create this special event to highlight Dan McCarty.

Best Buddies is a non-profit organization whose mission is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-on-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information on Best Buddies, please visit their website at