Video: $10K Prize Nixed for Halfcourt Shot?

February 17th, 2014| by

West Chester (PA) University freshman Jack Lavery thought he had won $10,000 after sinking a miraculous halfcourt shot as part of a halftime promotional contest during WCU’s home game against Shippensburg on Sunday. Yet there’s a very real chance that the school might skimp him on his prize.

Why? According to school athletic director Edward Matejkovic, the contest contract states that the contestant must hit four different shots – a layup, a free throw, a 3-pointer and the aforementioned halfcourt shot – in 25 seconds or less and must do so on the first attempt for each shot. Because Lavery needed two attempts for the halfcourt shot, WCU initially claimed that Lavery didn’t fulfill the requirements to win the $10,000 prize.

“We are hopeful that the university will award him with $10,000 for his unbelievable feat like they promised,” Lavery’s father, Bill, told NBC Philadelphia. “We kind of feel a little let down. They made him believe he won after the shot. It’s kind of frustrating.”

In an potential effort to save face, the school purportedly told Lavery’s father that they’ll evaluate the situation and have a decision in two weeks. Our opinion (and likely everyone else’s): Just give him the money.

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