While some six year olds are trying to count to 200, Jaydon Kushen has already bowled it. The kindergarten student has wowed his family as well as his fellow bowlers and the staff at his local bowling center with his stellar skills – and his personal record high of 204.
Though he won’t even start the first grade for a few more months, Jaydon has been going up against 12-year-olds in youth leagues since the age of 4, and he also competes in an adult league. His keen problem solving, and unique, adaptive style (he bowls left, right, and two-handed, like one of his heroes, Jason Belmonte) demonstrate an adept level of skill and talent well beyond his years.
Jaydon’s affinity for bowling came from his grandparents – his grandfather was an avid bowler, who didn’t stop taking on the lanes even after the loss of both of his legs, and the love of the sport has been shared by each generation. “He just took off.” His mother Cleo says of Jaydon’s first trip to a bowling center at age 2. “He used bumpers for about 3 months then that was it – he just soared.”
Jaydon, who bowls 4 to 5 times a week and enjoys every minute of it, is bound for great things. In fact, his goal is to be the youngest member of the PBA. And from the looks of this video clip of Jaydon in action at Brunswick Thousand Oaks Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, it looks like he is well on his way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C66Kc__AfvU
Video link courtesy of Cleo Kushen