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Sacramento pastor who hit half court shot to raffle car for charity

Sacramento pastor to raffle prize car for charity

Center of Praise Ministries Pastor Joseph Sissac plans to raffle a the vehicle he won by hitting a half court shot at a recent Sacramento Kings game. Sissac credits the improbable shot to a higher power. “I don’t believe that this was my skill th
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Center of Praise Ministries Pastor Joseph Sissac plans to raffle a the vehicle he won by hitting a half court shot at a recent Sacramento Kings game. Sissac credits the improbable shot to a higher power. “I don’t believe that this was my skill th

The Sacramento pastor who won a car last week by hitting a half court short announced plans Tuesday to raffle the car to raise more money for local causes.

During the April 5 Sacramento Kings game, Center of Praise Ministries senior pastor Joseph Sissac did the improbable. He sank the 47-foot half court shot, becoming the first — and only — person to do so in 41 home games this season, the team said. It was the last successful half court attempt at Sleep Train Arena.

We want to take another shot and use this vehicle to help change lives of people in our community

Center of Praise Ministries senior pastor Joseph Sissac

The prize was a new car from Folsom Lake Ford. But when he and his wife arrived at the dealership, the couple had second thoughts.

“We are donating the car. We want to raffle the car off to raise funds,” Sissac, 40, told reporters and supporters at a midday Tuesday press conference. “We want to take another shot and use this vehicle to help change lives of people in our community.”

Sissac won a $15,000 Ford Fiesta, but said he plans to add roughly $2,000 to the prize, which will allow him to raffle a Ford Focus instead.

Tickets to win the Focus will be sold for $10. The money will split between the Center of Praise’s math and literacy camp and the Hoops to Hope program, Sissac said. Sissac said the church hopes to sell 3,000 tickets, raising $30,000. The raffle is expected to take place April 23. Hoops to Hope is focused on education, homelessness, and human trafficking, according to it’s organizing entity e49corp.

“We all took that shot together and God is the one that put it through the hoop,” he said Tuesday flanked church members.

Sissac said he didn’t know until he was at the game that he’d be able to compete for the car.

Tuesday, he recalled the pre-shot pep talk from Kings public address announcer Scott Moak.

“He came in the tunnel and said ‘Where’s Joseph?’ Sissac said of the crowed passageway to get on and off the court.

“He goes ‘Man we haven’t given away a car all season. No one has hit the shot. I really want to give away a car tonight. Hit the shot and go crazy,’ ” Sissac recalled.

Sissac, who played basketball growing up in Chicago, said as he approached the shot, he focused on having fun and trying not to shoot an air ball.

With the “Mission Impossible” theme song playing, Sissac dribbled three times, shoots and sends the ball through the hoop. As Moak requested, Sissac leaps for joy and dashes around the court collecting a shoulder bump from two players.

“I don’t believe that this was my skill that make this happen,” he said. “I think God had his hand on it.”

A look at some of the mid- and postgame excitement during the last Sacramento Kings game at Sleep Train Arena on April 9, 2016.

One Hoop for Hope Fundraiser

Tickets: $10

Raffle date: April 23

Prize: 2016 Ford Focus

Pre-register at: http://centerofpraise.net/events/events/registrations/raffle

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