Junior Billiard Champions Take Aim at World Title
The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) is pleased to announce that eight (8) junior players ( 19 years old or younger) will be representing the United States in the XIX WPA World Junior 9-Ball Championships, November 29 â€“December 1, 2010. The United States Pool Players Association (USPPA) and the Rail Bird Project will produce the World Pool-Billiard Associationâ€™s (WPA) most prestigious junior event, which will be held at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada.
Almost fifty (50) of the worldâ€™s best junior billiard players from six (6) continents and over twenty (20) countries will compete for the world title in both the boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ divisions. The Billiard Congress of America (BCA), as the North American member of the WPA, provides the invitations that make it possible for North American players to participate in this esteemed event.
The U.S. junior delegates earned an entry by virtue of their performance in the 2010 BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships, where top finishers also received an expense paid trip, scholarship funds provided by Ozone Billiards and other prizes.
Among the top international players representing the U.S. are:
Landon Shuffett of Greensburg, KY
Jesse Engel of Columbia Heights, MN
Breandan Crockett of Bell Canyon, CA
Danny Olson of Olathe, KS
Billy Thorpe of Dayton, O
Liz Lovely of Centerville, OH
Briana Miller of Allentown, PA
In addition to the U.S. junior players representing North America, the Canadian Billiards & Snooker Association (CBSA) has named three (3) players to represent Canada. Attending the event will be former world champion of the girlsâ€™ division, Brittany Bryant, as well as Ryan Spence and Pod Shognosh.
World Pool-Billiard Association
Formed in 1987, the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) is the international governing body for pocket billiards. For more information, visit www.wpa-pool.com.
Billiard Congress of America
Founded in 1948, the Billiard Congress of America (BCA) is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to growing a united, prosperous and highly regarded billiard industry through BCA leadership. For more information, visit www.bca-pool.com.
Canadian Billiards & Snooker Association
The Canadian Billiards & Snooker Association (CBSA) is the governing body of cue sports for Canada. For more information, visit www.cbsa.ca.
Billiard Education Foundation
The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) was formed in 1993 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit charitable organization and is committed to the growth and promotion of billiards among youth. The BEF supports youth billiard programs by funding academic scholarships, produces the Junior National 9-Ball Championships and sponsors billiard athletes to attend the WPA World Junior 9-Ball Championships. The BEF encourages youth to stay in school and further their education while building and maintaining a lifelong love of billiards through the â€œPool In Schoolâ€ program, which promotes billiard clubs, teams and billiards as part of the physical education â€œLifetime Sportsâ€ class. For more information, visit www.BilliardEducation.org or call 303.926.1039.