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High school coach whose wife was diagnosed with cancer hits shot to win $20k


Heath Kufahl, who coaches volleyball and boys basketball at Christian Heritage Academy (Del City, Okla.), sank a half-court shot between the third and fourth quarters of last night's Lakers-Thunder game to win $20,000 in an on-court promotion. While the father of seven's swish wasn't nearly as impressive as some of the other ridiculous shots we've seen lately, it was certainly more meaningful.

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As The Oklahoman reports, Kufahl's wife Jenni was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer in October, and the prize money will help pay for some of her medical bills. Jenni's father, John Merrell, is the football coach at Christian Heritage and skipped a game to be with her shortly after she was diagnosed.

One of Kufahl's former students, Kelly Hines, now a sportswriter for the Tulsa World, credits Kufahl with getting her into journalism.

"Every day in my freshman keyboarding class he would try to qualify for 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'" Hines writes in a blog post today. "He's not a millionaire, but $20,000 will certainly help with medical bills."

According to Orange County Register sports reporter Kevin Ding, Kufahl isn't a Thunder fan either. That doesn't make his shot any less awesome.

Thanks to Deadspin for the heads up.

 

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