Thomas Worthington varsity basketball assistant coach Jake Guthrie was in the middle of watching an NCAA Tournament game, when he experienced his own moment of madness.
The folks from the famous Guinness Book called him to confirm that he would be able to try for the new mark in underhanded half-court shots.
“Basically, I have always wanted to attempt to break a world record,” Guthrie said, “As a basketball coach… I always tried trick shots during practice so I figured what better record?”
While shooting for a world record would be more than enough for most people, it was not enough for Guthrie. He wanted to use his moment to draw attention to an issue he thought was important: hunger.
Therefore, regardless of the outcome of his attempt, Guthrie will be donating 1,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the homeless.
He’s hoping to find someone who will match his generosity. Even without a corporate sponsor, though, Guthrie feels his effort will make a difference.
“Hopefully my players and students will see what I am doing and feel inspired to do something kind. Just my small attempt to make a ripple to make the world a better place.”
Details have yet to be solidified, but Guthrie right now aims to try for the record during the halftime of the Driven Foundation’s charity basketball game at Thomas Worthington on April 18th. So if you needed one more reason to come out and watch former Buckeye football players Roy Hall, Simon Fraser, Stanley Jackson, and more hoop it up, there you have it.
Admission is only $5, and tip time is 7 p.m. You’ll be able to get autographs at the game.