Teacher Sinks Full-Court Basketball Shot To Win Her Class a Hot Cocoa Party


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Teacher Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s third-grade class had been working hard leading up to the holidays. (She gave them two tests in one day!) The educator, known also as Ms. Fitz, knew they deserved something special. So, she made a deal with them. If she could sink a full-court shot on the school’s basketball court, she’d reward her class with a hot chocolate party. In a now-viral video, Ms. Fitz is shown hitting nothing but net and everyone—including her—erupting in celebration.

The teacher usually plays basketball with her kids during recess. “They're always impressed by the littlest shots, so I joked around and initiated this deal,” she explained. As she was shooting the basketball, she had a good feeling about it. “I knew it was going to go in, but at the same time I was hoping because I had promised them hot chocolate, so it had to go in.”

If a full-court shot sounds like a tall order, Ms. Fitz had an advantage; she’s been cultivating her hoop skills for her entire life. She even played basketball in college and is the coach for the fifth-grade boys at Holy Trinity School in Washington, D.C., where she teaches.

After the excitement of the hot chocolate party, Ms. Fitz has no doubt that her kids will have more ideas for bets. “Maybe next time,” she shared on Instagram, “I can promise to cancel a week of homework.”

After hitting a full-court basketball shot, teacher Kathleen Fitzpatrick treated her third-grade class to hot chocolate.


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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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