A basketball-loving dean of a Minnesota school defied the odds by making 13 shots in a row – the last a half-court shot – and is now challenging NBA and WNBA stars to match his feat.
The Excell Academy in Brooklyn Park recently uploaded a video showing Dean Justin Balvin's "Round the Clock" attempt that finishes with the half-court shot – eliciting wild cheers from watching students. The video has been viewed more than 17,000 times on YouTube.
It's now urging others to take part and share their attempts using the hashtag #BeatingTheOddsChallenge, and any professional players who can't match Balvin's achievement are encouraged to make a donation to the school.
The Star Tribune notes the pre-K-8 school is in need of a technology upgrade and a new playground. The newspaper previously named Excell Academy one of its "Beating the Odds" candidates, for its academic performance at a school where 96 percent of students are on free or reduced lunch.
Balvin told the newspaper he "grew up in South Dakota and played a lot of basketball," but admitted he wasn't expecting to sink all 13 shots at his first attempt.
The school's video provides some math for viewers, calculating that even if someone is playing well on a particular day, Balvin had a chance of just 0.13 percent – 1 in 769 – of making all 13 shots in one go.