Student wins $10,000 for half-court shot, gives it to grandma for foster care rescue

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LAWRENCE, Ks. — A University of Kansas student who won $10,000 in a half-court shot game will give the money to her grandmother who took her from foster care when she was 10 years old.

“I was just thinking about my Nana and what I was going to do to help her,” said Jordan Stiers, a sophomore from Independence, Missouri, who won the money Saturday when Brennan Bechard, director of Kansas basketball operations, made the half-court shot during Late Night in the Phog in Lawrence, reports CBS Wichita affiliate KWCH-TV.

Stiers knew she could pick any non-player in the building to shoot for her.

She chose Bechard who sank the shot the year before.

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self offers a check to a random student each year if someone can make a half-court shot on his or her behalf.

On Saturday, Self signed his own personal check on the floor in front of the Stiers and Bechard.

Stiers, who is the first one in her family to graduate high school, pointed to her sister in the crowd after the shot went through.

After that, she thought of her grandmother, Roxanne Edwards, who also volunteered to raise four of Stiers’ siblings.

“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.”

Stiers said the money will 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.”