When Pastor Warren Schoming “shot” the idea to the Fairbury First United Methodist Church to have someone shoot 1,000 free throws (to help with the Bishop’s initiative of eradicating malaria in Africa,) he didn’t really expect anyone to rise to the challenge. It wasn’t long until the church’s youth group leader, Karen Horky, announced that her husband, Mike, would take up the challenge.
On the Wednesday of Holy Week, “Magic Mike,” as Pastor Schoming calls him, shot 1000 free throws at the high school gym. A group of 30 Fairbury UMC supporters gathered to cheer him on as the youth group rebounded the ball. After a two-hour clinic, Horky had shot 1000 free throws and made an impressive 833 baskets (that’s 83.3 percent). More than $500 was raised for this worthy cause.