If Jimmer Fredette were to shoot 100 3-pointers in a row, how many do you think he could make? Orem’s betting that it’s high.
Fredette, who played for BYU and then in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans and New York Knicks, will be part of a three-point shootout fundraiser for Orem’s All-Together Playground and the Fredette Family Foundation on June 10.
People can pledge an amount per three-pointer that Fredette hits, with donations starting at 25 cents per shot. There’s no maximum per-shot pledge, and anyone who donates 50 cents or more per score will be entered to win one of 300 pairs of tickets. And the top 300 pledgers each will get two tickets to the event. The shootout will be at the Fieldhouse at Orem High School, which holds about 1,700 people.
Chances are good that Fredette will hit the majority of the shots, so be prepared to pay that much when you pledge. Fredette regularly shoots 100 three-pointers as part of his workout, said Steven Downs, assistant to the city manager in Orem. “He typically hits 82 to 89.”
The playground will get 50 percent of the proceeds from the event, and the foundation the other half, which will be used on local anti-bullying and pro-kindness programs, Downs said.
Organizations or groups can register like teams to participate in the shootout so that when people pledge they can indicate if they’re part of a group.The groups’ stats will appear on a leader board at alltogethershootout.com. So far, there are teams for Orem; alumni from Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University and the University of Utah; Frontier Communications; IHC; and Marriott Town Place Suites. Orem City holds the lead.
And yet another part of the fundraiser is for people who want to shoot, too. People can collect their own pledges per shot for 25 attempts, with different requirements by age group. Participants will make their shots the week of June 6, and the people with the highest amount pledged per basket will shoot with Fredette on June 10.
Downs said the Fredette foundation got involved after someone on the board heard about the project. The all-abilities playground, which will be built at City Center Park, near the library, will have equipment and features that allow all children a chance to play. Because children with disabilities are often the target of bullying or unkindness, the playground fits with the mission of the foundation — to strengthen families, including character education and anti-bullying programs.
The original idea was for a gala with Fredette, but organizers wanted something that involved children, Downs said. Besides, Fredette told them he was more interested in a shootout than a speech.
This isn’t the first fundraiser for the park, which will cost an estimated $500,000 to $600,000 and is scheduled to be completed on Sept. 11. Last year the city appropriated $150,000 from CARE tax funds for the project. Downs said the city recently got a large grant from Vivint Gives Back. It’s also partnered with Kids on the Move and United Way of Utah County. There’s an ongoing fundraiser with fence pickets and pavers for the future park. For $50 you can get your name (or your family, children or business) on a picket on the fence that will surround the playground; for $100 you can get your name on a paver on the walkway connecting the playground to the walking trail.
The playground will be built by volunteers. United Way is coordinating volunteers, and will schedule them during the week before Sept. 11 — also the week of United Way’s Day of Caring, Downs said. On Sept. 11, the last day of the project, there will be a 9/11 memorial service and interfaith build.