Angela Ramey took a deep breath and closed her eyes. Clutching a basketball worth $4,000, she said a quick prayer and then heaved it towards the basket underhanded.
When the ball bounced, Ramey and just about everyone else who saw it live assumed she had missed her chance to cut her daughter's private school tuition in half — a rare opportunity made possible as part of a Kids Against Hunger event. But then, the ball bounced, landed on the rim, and rolled in. The crowd slowly went wild.
Ramey's 9-year-old daughter Grace had taken the first two shots, but after missing handed the ball over to her mom — from Bloomington, Minnesota — for the final attempt.
"I looked at the ball. I looked at the ground. I dribbled once. I closed my eyes and I said a quick prayer," Ramey told NBC News affiliate KARE.
Apparently, her prayers were answered. Not only did she get to cut tuition for her daughter, but earlier this month, Grace had actually won a prior competition for Kids Against Hunger, which provides meals to local families, by raising $1,200.
That money got put to good use and helped the school pack up more 41,000 meals at the event before Ramey hit the incredibly unlikely shot.
"I thought that I had hit the man from Kids Against Hunger," Ramey told NBC News.
Ramey to grew up in a home with food insecurity, a home not unlike the ones 50 million Americans live in today. So for her, it was a double win: she got help with her child's tuition and got to spread a positive message about members of her community in need.