Guyanese Danny and Shelly Mohabir met in college “and, at first sight, fell in love.” They say that when both families found out that they were both from Guyana, “a beautiful wedding took place.”
Danny and Shelly said they not only have “a great marriage, with lovely children,” but they also own a bowling center, Bowl 360, together, on Rockaway Boulevard in Ozone Park, Queens.
Besides having their own children, Danny and Shelly said some of their children are adopted and foster children. They said they “usually take children from emergency situations.”
In addition, the couple said they help others “find their way to foster and adopt children in need.”
The Mohabirs said that they allow more than 50 different charities and organizations, including the local police and neighborhood churches, to use their bowling alley to raise funds, adding that Bowling 360 is also used for private parties and bowling leagues.
At 14, Danny said he became fascinated with bowling centers close to his residence in New York. He said he watched “all day long how people were having a good time.”
He said he actually wanted to work at a bowling center near his residence, at 14, but added that management told him he was too young. He was, however, hired by the same center, when he turned 17, as a front desk clerk.
After “doing a great job,” Danny said he was promoted at 19 to general manager, “which, at the time, was unheard of for a 19-year-old to have such a title.”
At 36, after graduating from college and meeting his wife, Danny said he opened his own bowling center, stating that “this is what inspired me in life.”
He said he and wife are “so excited and honored for this [Caribbean Life Impact] award, because it will open the doors for other nationals of Caribbean descent to go after their dreams and goals — and not be afraid to do so.”