Clockwise starting from that Montana-sized forehead in the center, that’s me, Dave Cummings, logicist and part-time free throw shooter; Laura Azevedo, the sister of one of my best friends Rob, full-time mom and producer of the Melrose, Mass.-based, Rob Azevedo-written feature film Heavy Seven (Globe story here, trailer here); Mason Cummings, comedic genius, second-grader and part-time philanthropist; Mary Collari, midwife, fellow chocolate chip cookie-baker, mom of Julia, buddy of Jandrue, and best friend (former college roommate, godmother to one of her children) of Laura; and Noah Cummings, Granite State Raider, full-time HFH assistant, fifth-grader and my great buddy.
That’s officially the longest sentence I’ve ever written.
So that photo up there came about following the Epsom Central School gymnasium activities of last night. Those activities included my two boys romping around like madmen on these skateboard-seat things used in phys. ed. class, just enough of Bruce Springsteen and too much of The Chipmunks version of “Livin’ on a Prayer” (thanks Mason) over the sound system, and 1,500 made foul shots thanks to the strong rebounding efforts of the evening’s full-timers Laura and Mary, along with filler-inners Noah and Mason. We buzzed through mightily, in a little over an hour and 15 minutes.
The evening was not without its share of adventure. In addition to a driving rain and two substantial I-93 traffic jams for the Massachusetts-based, northward-bound Laura/Mary team, Mary locked the keys in her car when the two met in Windham. Also locked in the car: a batch of chocolate chip cookies, apparently otherwise destined for Epsom.
You know, that kind of rhymes, in a Lyle Lovettish way …
OK, “destined for Epsom” is much less interesting.
Where were we? … oh right, selfishly lamenting the loss of cookies while Laura and Mary likely had to go the late-night AAA route.
Assuming they’re safely home, I now thank them both. With those 1,500, we crossed something of a mathematical threshold in that, with 473,007 total free throws now made, we’ve got just under 27,000 left to make until our 500,000th on Veterans Day, 27 days away — meaning about 1,000 a day the rest to that midway point. Considering we started this project needing 1,370 a day, we’ve made some good time.
Please come back again, Laura and Mary. And not only because I know you’ll bring cookies.
For more on Hoops For Heroes, with a goal of 1 million made foul shots and $1 million raised for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, visit www.hoopsforheroes.com or contact Dave Cummings at 603-554-7855.