May 30 with Mr. Mike Keeler

01 Jun

He’s 6-foot-8, a jock through and through, and he rarely lets the ball touch the ground … and that makes for some darned fast foul shooting.

Mike Keeler, who last we saw in this context during the first two weeks of our project a couple Novembers ago, arrived on his Harley and was back in the ECS gym on Memorial Day, bringing it old school, as the kids like to say — a single ball, a single rebounder, just like ye olden days.

It didn’t look good upon arrival. We walked in to a gym covered in those rubber protective mats, a bunch of tables set for some formal dining, and lights strung up to the basketball rims … oops, the eighth-grade dinner the next night.

So we reorganized a bit, moved some matting aside so as to see the foul line, took the lights down, and got to shooting.

As Randy Jackson would say, Mike Keeler was IN IT TO WIN IT, AMERICA! — faster … faster … faster — and by the end we had 1,500 in the fastest single-ball time yet: an hour and 28 minutes.

Nicely done, Mr. Mike Keeler, and Happy Memorial Day.

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 or contact Dave Cummings at 603-554-7855.



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