'She's My Mom. She's My Dad. She's My Grandma — She's Everything': Student Wins $10,000 Half-Court Shot And Gives Check To Grandma
October 4, 2016
After the half-court shot dropped through the net for $10,000, Kansas University student Jordan Stiers had one person on her mind as she wiped away tears.
"I was just thinking about my Nana and what I was going to do to help her," Stiers said. "I've always thought about that one question: 'If you win so much money, what are you going to do with it?' And she's helped me a lot in my life, so pay it forward."
Stiers' "Nana" is Roxanne Edwards, her paternal grandmother who rescued her from foster care at age 10. Edwards also volunteered to raise four of Stiers' siblings in her Independence, Mo., home.
"She took us in when things were tough," Stiers said. "It's been rough for her, but she's taken care of us, so I'm going to take care of her."
Stiers did not make the shot herself - contestants could pick any non-player in the building to shoot the shot for them - so she chose KU director of basketball operations Brennan Bechard.
After missing a practice shot, Bechard's official half-court try grazed the rim before going through the net.
A few minutes later, Self made out a $10,000 check to Stiers, then gave her a hug.
She won't keep the money for long, saying she was going to help her grandmother pay bills.
"I don't think she's going to believe me," Stiers said. "This kind of thing doesn't happen to people like us. She's probably going to cry, just like I did."
Stiers, who is the first one in her family to graduate high school and also to attend college, is a sophomore at KU and a resident assistant at Oswald Hall.
She pointed to her sister in the crowd after the shot went through. After that, she immediately thought back to Nana.
"She's my mom. She's my dad. She's my grandma — she's everything," Stiers said. "She has done so much for me, taught me so much.
"There's nothing I can do to repay her, but this will say thank you a little bit."
News Anchors Can't Stop Laughing At Baseball Player With Uncanny Ability To Always Find The Camera
Dad's 'Rules For Dating My Daughters' Goes Viral
Student Begs Teacher To Bring Dog To Class And His Response Is Perfect
This Angry Cat Swimming Through Harvey's Floodwaters Is Winning The Internet
Hurricane Irma Sucked The Ocean Away From The Bahamas
They Dumped 12,000 Tons Of Orange Peels Into A National Park. This Is What It Looks Like Now
They Thought She Was Drawing A Judge And Eliminated Her Too Early. NO ONE Saw THIS Coming
This Bird's Reaction To A Face Drawn On A Finger Is Priceless
Watch This Husky Try So Hard To Befriend The New Kitten
This Video Of Grandpa Making His Grandson Laugh Will Take All Your Blues Away
Have You Ever Seen A Groom This Happy To See His Bride?