Mark Haddad vs. Shane Van Boening in Colorado

Shane Van Boening and Melissa Little sign autographs

On Friday, May 2, 2008 Denver was on the edge of their seats watching Mark Haddad and Shane Van Boening compete in their scheduled pool exhibition held at the Wynkoop Brewing Company in downtown Denver. At one point it looked like Shane was going to run away with an easy victory being ahead 10-5 in their race to 15. But, Mark then came alive winning the next few racks making it 10-8. Back and forth they went and in the end Shane pulled in the final score of 15-12. The crowded house loved the show, autographs, and challenges! Thanks guys- great job!

Earlier that Friday, WPBA Touring Pro Melissa “The Viper” Little and Shane stopped by the Rocky Mountain Deaf School to sign autographs for the 40 children who attended. The kids were between the ages of 6-12 and most had hearing impairments. Shane spoke to them about pool and how pool has changed his life in the most positive way and assured them that they too could follow their dreams if they worked hard enough. With the help of a translator Shane's first words spoken to the kids were; “My name is Shane Van Boening , and I am 97% deaf, and I am a World Champion Pool Player”. Over all it was a great experience for everyone!