During the January 22nd Fighting Tiger men’s and women’s home basketball doubleheader versus Keuka College, the SUNY Cobleskill Department of Sport & Exercise hosted its second annual “Buckets for Books” Challenge. The “Buckets for Books” Challenge allows two contestants to compete for the chance to make a half-court shot for free textbooks courtesy of the Department of Sport & Exercise after successfully shooting a layup, a free throw, and a three-point field goal in less than one minute.
Last December, at the inaugural event, SUNY Cobleskill Sophomore Charles Bishop sank the half-court shot winning all of his textbooks for the spring semester free of charge.
This year Bishop returned to defend his title as the “Buckets for Books” Champion. However, during halftime of the men’s game, a new champion was crowned as lightning struck twice and another lucky contestant won free textbooks for the semester. Wilson Stevens a transfer student from Syracuse, N.Y. took over the title as “Buckets for Books” Champion, saving his book money by beating the odds and hitting the half-court shot in front of a packed house.
Stevens comes to SUNY Cobleskill from Onondaga Community College and is currently majoring in Business Administration. The junior made his decision to attend Cobleskill because he enjoyed the atmosphere of the college, the size, and the feeling he got when he visited campus. He has high hopes of owning his own restaurant business someday.
When asked how he felt about winning the “Bucket’s for Books” Challenge, Stevens said, “I wasn’t going to take a ticket at first, and once they called my number, my friend had to tell me that it was mine. I had played basketball in high school, I was confident and to me the stroke felt real.”
Congratulations to Wilson Stevens on his good fortune and the Department of Sport & Exercise hopes that he will return to defend his title next year.
—written by Meghan Gibson