A Smile Story

December 24, 2021

Already a seen thing by just about everybody, but it’s way appropriate:

Story/background narrative via The Daily Mail this morning:

A Washington DC elementary school teacher who played basketball in college gave her third-grade students an early Christmas present — promising them a hot chocolate party if she hit a half-court shot during recess.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, a former starter at Rutgers, hit nothing but net from nearly 50 feet to the delight of her students at Holy Trinity School in Georgetown in a now-viral video posted to Instagram on December 20.
Fitzpatrick played 16 games for Rutgers as a senior during the 2017-18 season after transferring from St. Joseph’s.
The five-foot-nine guard averaged three points per game with a season-high of nine but made a memorable buzzer-beater against nationally-ranked Maryland in February 2018.

She said that shot was nothing compared to the pressure she felt from her young students.
“I think that’s more terrifying [than the buzzer-beater shot at Maryland], because eight- and nine-year-olds will not live it down, and so, I think it was just the excitement and cheering, I was like: I have to make this,” Fitzpatrick said during an interview on ESPN on Thursday.
“And like I said, I think that was more terrifying than the shot at Maryland.”

Her students were in disbelief after the teacher made the incredible shot, but much like her fellow teammates in 2018, they crowded Fitzpatrick, hugging and cheering afterward.

In the interview with ESPN’s Sage Steele and NBA great Vince Carter, Steele showed Fitzpatrick’s buzzer-beater.
“I know I played basketball, they know I like basketball, but I don’t know to the extent of how much I played actually resonated with them,” she told Steele.
“But after this past week, I think they know that I’ve played a lot of basketball.”

The third-grade teacher made it known she didn’t go easy on her students at recess basketball games either, telling Steele: “I usually do play basketball with them at recess, and I don’t really take it likely. I play as hard as I can.”
Fitzpatrick’s former school acknowledged the amazing shot, writing on Twitter: “We knew that follow-through looked familiar…Ms. Fitz was a Scarlet Knight! #GoRU.”

And so, your complimentary downer — way-odd on its face:

As it goes, anything/everything isn’t over until it’s over, no matter if the fat lady sings
Once again, here we are…

(Illustration out front: Pablo Picasso’s ‘Self Portrait Facing Death‘ (June 30, 1972), was originally found here)

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