(Memphis) 20-year-old Garrett Booker stood before the nation Saturday night, with a big grin on his face and a check for one hundred thousand dollars in his hands. In just 30 seconds he beat out another student, throwing the most footballs into this oversized soda can.
“After they announced that I won, I just came back into consciousness and soaked it all in.” said Booker.
Soaking in he could now pay for his private college tuition which costs nearly 30 thousand dollars a year. The Barry University sophomore has student loans. Before the contest, he worried about how he would pay them back after he graduated three years from now.
“My parents are a little older, I just knew the stress of paying for my school was a lot. I am actually able to pay for it now, I can tell my dad, ‘I’m taking care of this semester, this semester, and this semester.” said Booker.
It all started a few months ago while on break, Garret uploaded a slide show to a Dr. Pepper contest website for a chance to compete for the money. He was asked to tell folks at Dr. Pepper why he deserved the scholarship, but he never answered that question. He says it wasn`t about him, It was about his hometown.
“It seems as though there is so much negative news about Memphis. Being that I go away for college, everyone always says `Oh, the first 48!` or just something foolish. I just wanted to show there is a positive side of Memphis and people striving for their goals and dreams,” said Booker.
Garrett’s goals are to graduate with a degree in Sports Management, work for a professional soccer team and start an organization that introduces kids to careers in the sports industry.
“I want to be that role model that shows you can work hard and reach other dreams,” said Booker.
To prepare for the contest, For three weeks, Garrett practiced throwing footballs into a bin for three hours, every day.