A Washington DC elementary school teacher who played college basketball gave her third-graders a Christmas present ahead of time – promising them a hot chocolate party if she hit a half shot. ground during recess.
Former Rutgers starter Kathleen Fitzpatrick only touched a net nearly 50 feet to the delight of her students at Georgetown’s Holy Trinity School in a now-viral video posted to Instagram on December 20.
Fitzpatrick played 16 games for Rutgers as a senior during the 2017-18 season after being transferred from St. Joseph’s. The five-foot-nine goaltender averaged three points per game with a season-high nine, but landed a memorable beat against nationally-ranked Maryland in February 2018.
She said the blow was nothing compared to the pressure she felt from her young students.
‘I think it’s more terrifying [than the buzzer-beater shot at Maryland], because eight and nine year olds won’t live it, and so, I think it was just the excitement and the cheers, I was like, I have to do this, ”Fitzpatrick said during a interview on ESPN Thursday.
“And like I said, I think it was more terrifying than the gunshot on Maryland.”
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, a third-grade teacher at Holy Trinity in DC and former basketball player at Rutgers University, sank a shot from the net that earned her students a night of hot chocolate
Her students were in disbelief that their five-foot-nine teacher had sunk the shot, but they cheered her on, celebrating her shooting all over the court.
Her students were in disbelief after the teacher took the incredible shot, but just like her teammates in 2018, they invaded Fitzpatrick, kissing and cheering him afterward.
In the interview with ESPN’s Sage Steele and NBA great Vince Carter, Steele showed off Fitzpatrick’s buzzer-beater.
“I know I’ve played basketball, they know I love basketball, but I don’t know how much I’ve played has really resonated with them,” she told Steele. “But after last week I think they know I played basketball a lot.”
The third-grade teacher made it known that she was also not easy with her students during recess basketball games, telling Steele, “I usually play basketball with them at recess. recess, and I don’t really think that’s likely. I play as hard as I can.
Former Fitzpatrick School acknowledged the incredible blow, writing on Twitter: “We knew the follow-up sounded familiar… Ms. Fitz was a scarlet knight! #GoRU! ‘
Fitzpatrick, of Drexel Hill, Pa., Transferred to Rutgers after playing two seasons at St. Francis, where she led the team on three points in 2014-15 and 2015-16.
Do you sound familiar ?: Looks like Ms. Fitz is still in the same shape as her heyday. The teacher joined the Rutgers team in 2017 as a senior redshirt and averaged around 1.7 shots. She transferred from St. Joseph’s, where she was the team’s top three-point and free throw shooter.
Even his old school recognized his skills. Fitzpatrick told ESPN that she always plays basketball with her students and that she is not easy with them and decided to throw a hot chocolate party to bring “joy” to her students during this difficult time.
Although her college basketball days were over, she was “excited” to use her skills to treat herself and her students to a cup of hot chocolate.
“I was so excited to have a hot chocolate night myself,” she told Steele.
Fitzpatrick even said that “the reindeer” helped her sink the blow.
“It was the reindeer assist that really got me a good shot.”
She hosted the party on Monday to give her students some zest for life as COVID-19 rises again in the United States, forcing some of her students to self-quarantine at home.
“It was an opportunity to laugh and have fun at school,” she said.
“Every day you get a positive COVID test, so you have kids coming in and having to come home because someone has tested positive, and other kids are wondering where their friend has gone or they must have been. being sent home to quarantine and it’s just so crazy the last year and a half, ”she said.
“So just having fun, laughing and glee, forgetting about COVID for a few minutes has really been amazing.”
His current school also applauded the coup.
“We are overwhelmed by the messages and comments we have received and we feel blessed that Ms. Fitz has given us permission to share this video,” the school wrote on Instagran.
Fitzpatrick’s spontaneous photo “brought a smile to so many people all over the world.”