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According to an ESPN report, the odds of hitting a basketball shot from half court are 1 in 100.  When you add the pressure of a prize of $10,000, the odds must be even greater!  But Kansas University student Jordan Stiers beat those odds, and it may have to do with what was in her heart!

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When the basketball skimmed the rim and went through the net, Stiers wiped away tears and said that she had just one person on her mind. . .her Nana.

“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.”

Jordan’s “Nana” is Roxanne Edwards, her paternal grandmother.  She rescued Jordan from foster care at the age of 10. Then her “Nana” also volunteered to raise Jordan’s four siblings.  Needless to say, her Independence, MO home was at capacity!

“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 have to make the shot herself, she could pick any non-player in the building to shoot it for her.  So she chose KU Director of Basketball Operations, Brennan Bechard.  He missed the practice shot but sank the official shot!  And a few minutes later, Bill Self, the KU coach, made the check out to Jordan himself.  Then he gave her a big hug!

After the winning shot, Jordan said, “I don’t think she’s going to believe me, this kind of thing doesn’t happen to people like us.  She’s probably going to cry, just like I did.  She’s my mom. She’s my dad. She’s my grandma — she’s everything.  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.”

What a wonderful way to honor the sacrifice of a loving grandmother!