Kansas Student Donates $10,000 Half-Court Shot Contest Winnings to Grandma Who Rescued Her From Foster Care
"There's nothing I can do to repay her, but this will say thank you a little bit," says Jordan Stiers
Nothin’ but net!
University of Kansas sophomore Jordan Stiers walked away from a college basketball preseason event on Saturday $10,000 richer – with the intent of giving her half-court shot winnings to her beloved grandmother.
Stiers’ grandma raised her and her four siblings in Independence, Missouri, after taking them out of foster care when she was 10. She says her grandmother will use the money to pay bills.
“I was just thinking about my Nana and what I was going to do to help her,” Stiers told KWCH-TV.
“She’s my mom. She’s my dad. She’s my grandma – she’s everything. She has done so much for me, taught me so much.”
Stiers won the $10,000 in a half-court shooting contest that was a part of “Late Night in the Phog.” Kansas basketball coach Bill Self selects someone to attempt the shot each year on behalf of a student, and lightning struck twice when Brennan Bechard, director of basketball operations at Kansas, made the shot for the second consecutive year.
When Bechard made the miracle shot, the entire Kansas arena stood up and cheered in disbelief as friends ran over to tackle him in a congratulatory hug.
“I don’t think she’s going to believe me,” Stiers told KWCH-TV of her grandma. “This kind of thing doesn’t happen to people like us. She’s probably going to cry, just like I did.”