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.
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.
Guy who hit halfcourt shot to win $20k says: "I'm actually a Lakers fan. Don't tell anybody. I had to wear a Thunder shirt."— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) March 6, 2013
Thanks to Deadspin for the heads up.