Society / The Seen

Clint Capela’s Bowling Skills Surprise — Rockets Big Man Makes an Impact

Ladies in Heels on the Lanes and Six Figures Raised

BY // 11.03.19
photography Lee Beckman

What: Houston Rocket Clint Capela‘s “Celebrity Bowling Bash”

Where: BowlMor Lanes

PC Moment: Capela and teammates James Harden, Gary Clark, Russell Westbrook and Chris Clemons joined the evening of strikes and gutter balls to help raise close to $100,000 for Capela’s CC15 Foundation, which supports programs for children in foster care and children in low-income, single-parent families.

Born to African immigrants in Geneva, Switzerland, Capela truly understands the plight of foster children and under-served youngsters as he found himself in the position of living with his brother in an orphanage in Switzerland, when their father deserted the family.

This day was all about helping the kids. And the round ballers were at play. With these giants swinging the bowling balls, it was not your typical tournament.

A surprise to many, Capela was quite handy on the lanes, winning all but one of the eight frames when pitted against the guests. And he did it all in his own athletic shoes as there’re just not many size 16 bowling shoes in the rental department. Besting that, a few of the competing femmes kept their heels on even when hitting the lanes.

Special guests were children benefiting from the CC15 Foundation who had been invited to the party and they were the first guests that Capel greeted. Imagine that picture, the 6-foot-10 tall Capela mixing it up with youngsters who stood well below the basketball star. Some of the kids even brought basketballs for autographs and the big guys graciously obliged.

Thanks to ticketing and the sports-themed auctions, the event nudged $100,000 in proceeds. Probably no one went home happier than Steve Steen, who was the lucky winner of a signed Russell Westbrook jersey. But then there was the lucky guest who won a custom pair of shoes, contributed in partnership with Nike.

PC Seen: Morgan Meadows, Briggs Webster, Austin Ergenbright, Mandy Deas, Nancy and Jose Almodovar, Ann Marie Lacfield, Jennifer Foreman, Akiko Foreman, Kerri McCurdy, Macy and Marcel Villegas, Kate and Greg Scheinman, Judy Duroy, Gayle and Steve Brand, Evan Peraza, Lauren Plotkin and Derrick Burnett.

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