We passed the 110,000 mark last night — 110,007, to be exact — thanks to the efforts of a new guy in town.
The day after the NPR segment on HFH aired last weekend, I heard from quite a few folks, including Bob Jandrue, a teacher at a therapeutic high school in Peabody, Mass. Said he was hoping to put together a Hoops For Heroes fundraiser at his school, where the students would raise money by shooting their own free throws, then pass it along to us. Also said he’d like to come up from his home in Beverly to rebound some night. He wasn’t just kidding around, either, because he showed up last night.
What an excellent guy. Not only was he very serious about the rebounding part of this — 1,740 in two hours — but he also struck me as one of those sincere people who just plain cares. About his students. About Veterans. About helping. I guess that might be obvious, based on the fact that he drove roughly 150 miles and three hours round trip late on a school night to make this happen. But there was something in his face, too. I got the impression that Bob Jandrue is the kind of person who puts more in than he takes out.
Thanks, Bob. I look forward to seeing you again.
That’s 110,007 down, 889,993 to go to 1 million made foul shots.