A local dentist made the shot of a lifetime at an Orlando Magic game, and now that lucky 3-pointer will help him expand his family by adopting a baby from Africa.
Last Friday, the Magic offered Dr. William Dunn a chance to win $10,000 in a shooting contest. All he had to do was make a lay up, a free throw, and a 3-pointer in 24 seconds, during a break in the Magic-Oklahoma City Thunder game at the Amway Center.
Despite having not touched a basketball in years, other than a 15-minute practice session at his kid's school, Dr. Dunn sunk the lay up, struggled a little with three attempts at a free throw, then turned and fired from the 3-point line as the buzzer was sounding. The NAIA college basketball player 20 years earlier hit nothing but net, and the crowd went crazy.
"I was able to make the 3-pointer, so yes, I surprised myself," he told us.
Dunn, 39, was randomly selected from all entrants in the Renew Your Magic 2014 promotion to participate in the contest.
Already the parents of four biological children, Dunn and his wife Jeanie made the decision to adopt a child three years ago. They ultimately welcomed Ethiopian-born Haben to their family following a year-long process. Haben, who recently turned 5 years old, was abandoned on the side of a road when he was 18 months old and recovered by missionaries.
The Dunns made the decision to adopt outside of the United States, because the process is less grueling and chances of receiving a child are significantly better. Also, their mission was to hopefully save a life, because, in Ethiopia there is a high infant mortality rate.
"From the first adoption, it opened our hearts to have one more child in our family and consider adopting again," said Dunn. "We're hoping to bring a little girl home from there, just because there's a tremendous need for saving these children."
When the family recently began the process of adopting a second child, Dunn began preparing for the financial commitment to do so. In all, it takes about $35,000 to finalize an adoption of an Ethiopian child. Once a referral is given, there is an $11,000 initial payment to be made.
"We were just saying, 'Where are we going to get this money to finish the process of adoption?' and then it was like, this was just handed to us, this opportunity," he said.
When-and-if a referral comes – hopefully in the coming weeks, Will said the family will already have the $10,000 to put toward the initial payment of $11,000.
You can read more on this story and watch the video of the shooting contest in which Dr. Dunn sinks the buzzer-beating 3-pointer by clicking here.