Amazing half-court shot and a slam dunk of generosity
June 25th, 2013 | Paul K. Logsdon
If you’ve ever wondered about the power of a scholarship, here’s a true story for you.
Justin Dougherty is a 2012 graduate of Evangel University, where he studied Broadcasting. As a senior, he got the opportunity to join Springfield’s CBS affiliate, KOLR-10, and has developed a following as a warm, personable and accurate broadcaster.
And then one day he got another opportunity. On March 24, he was invited to take a half-court shot at an Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball game. The prize was $20,000. He made the shot.
Last week, Justin showed up in my office. He had a check in hand and said he wanted to give a one-time scholarship to an Evangel student. He sat down and told me, “When I was a student, I received a scholarship. It meant so much — it encouraged me, and made me feel like someone had noticed me and cared about my future.”
I started to tell him how I understood, and how my father had established an Evangel scholarship after the death of my mother 15 years ago. All of my siblings and I add to it, and Evangel is able to award several scholarships out of the proceeds.
He stopped me and said, “It was your scholarship that I received.”
And then I remembered. He had come in personally to thank me, and sat in my office three years ago, just as he did now, to tell me what it meant.
I held it together while we talked, but later that night the emotions rose to the surface when I told my wife the story. How pleased my mom would have been; how sometimes we never know the difference a gift to Evangel can make; and that I’d just been given a gift in return.
That’s the story of an Evangel scholarship. Two scholarships, in fact, and the impact a commitment to helping young people can have.
From my perspective, Justin first made one spectacular half-court shot. And followed it up with a slam-dunk of generosity.
Top photo: Evangel University graduate Justin Dougherty films an EU football story for KOLR-10/KOZL sports.