AU’s Half-Court Shot Goes Viral
Incoming Anderson University student Rylan Metz made the half-court shot of a lifetime as he was awarded a full year of free tuition last Saturday. Metz was chosen at random from a pool of incoming students at half time of the men’s basketball game against Mount St. Joseph University. He was allowed one practice shot and one shot that would count.
His first shot was a little off, but he absolutely drained the next one in front of a packed crowd at O. C. Lewis Gymnasium. The crowd erupted with cheer as several AU employees and current students rushed to the floor to congratulate Metz.
“We wanted to offer this opportunity to an incoming student to excite them about their freshman year,” said President John Pistole. “We hope that this will allow this student to immerse himself in the unique culture and community that AU has to offer.” The half-court shot has generated a lot of excitement on the AU campus. “Our students being able to see their university on these national social media accounts has made us all a part of this viral experience.”
The half-court event caught national attention—SportsCenter, Bleacher Report, House of Highlights, and Yahoo Sports, to name a few. Overall, Metz’s shot was viewed over 1.3 million times throughout Twitter and Facebook, as of February 28.
Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than sixty undergraduate majors, thirty three-year degrees, twenty NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.