Hoops Hero closing in one million mark

6:36 PM, Nov 3, 2011   |    comments
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KENNEBUNK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- On Veteran's Day in 2009, Dave Cummings started his quest to make one million free throws to raise money and awareness for the sacrifices made by our military men and women.

"I can shoot foul shots and I thought this might be a way to draw some attention and raise a little money," said Cummings, who is from Epsom, New Hampshire.  So he started a nonprofit organization, Hoops For Heroes, strapped on his sneakers and got to work.

He really hadn't decided how long he would take to accomplish his goal, but he knew he'd make at least one foul shot each and every day until he met his mission.

"we are in a situation in this country right now where we have men and women who are coming home with life-long, life-altering injuries," he explained.  "They were able to be saved, which is a wonderful thing, but there is a taxation on the system that needs more attention and more money and as much as can be given in any small way, or large way, is very important."

Some quick math told him he'd need to average 1370 free throws a day to accomplish the feat in two years' time, so he started knocking them down anywhere and everywhere he could. 

So far he's made over 991,000 foul shots and will finish his quest for one million made on Veteran's Day at the Nasmith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

"I keep a pair of sneakers and a pair of boots under the hoop every time I shoot to remind me of exactly what we are doing," said Cummings. 

Along the way, he has raised of $60,000 for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.  He hopes that amount will grow to $100,000 by the time he sinks number one million.


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