Shoot for No Malaria was observed in Falls City, Neb., when Pastor Lyle Schoen attempted 100 free throws on Saturday, Feb. 23, in front of an audience of 11 members of Falls City First United Methodist Church.
The half page he had prepared for parishioners to submit donations to Imagine No Malaria invited $10.00 per guess of how many free throws he would make, with two additional lines. By adding $5, a person could check their prediction whether Pastor Schoen or Bishop Jones would shoot a better percentage of free throws. The form also offered a blank for adding a contribution to Imagine No Malaria.
On two of the return slips for donations an individual submitted their own, more generous, formula for a contribution which provided Schoen motivation to do well. When Schoen’s “official” 100 attempts began, he missed the first six. However, he had streaks of consecutively made free throws of eight, six, and five, finishing the 100 attempts by making five in a row. Total free throws made by Schoen was 53, equaling 53 percent, compared to the Bishop’s 36 percent.
With participation from Rulo Trinity, Falls City First and members of Rev. Schoen’s multi-church confirmation class, the total collected from the parish came to $510.