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December 1, 2013  RSS feed
Culture

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Chanukah gift ultimately nets big reward


Colorado State University freshman Andrew Schneeweis sinks a half-court shot at a pep rally to win a year’s free tuition. Colorado State University freshman Andrew Schneeweis sinks a half-court shot at a pep rally to win a year’s free tuition. (JTA) – The basketball goal Ellen Schneeweis bought for her four sons as a Chanukah present in 2008 drew Andrew, the second oldest, to practice shot after shot. Some attempts came from a pretty fair distance – like the sidewalk in front of his acrossthe street neighbors’ house in Englewood, CO.

His diligence paid off: Andrew Schneeweis, now 18 and a freshman at Colorado State University, swished a halfcourt shot during a pep rally to earn a free year of tuition.

The reward for constant practice was well needed and will make this Thanksgiving and Chanukah an even more meaningful time for his family. “It’s like money that came from the sky. It feels like God sent it,” said mom Ellen. “I feel that things happen for a reason. It’s going to make the ride a little easier for us.”

Andrew was randomly selected for the chance to make the shot in three attempts. He made it on his first try.


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