Kids pull off epic 26-throw poolside trick-shot
SWOCslamdunk - By Jack LongstaffThis is the moment schoolchildren manage to pull off an epic 26-throw poolside trick shot - then have a wild celebration.Basketball coach, Drew Maddux, carefully choreographed the complex routine at a pool party for his son's birthday.It includes 26 throws - from the top floor of a house and across the swimming pool - before a slam dunk finale results in a raucous from all 25 people involved.Nike basketball skills instructor, Drew, planned out the routine as a special surprise for his eldest son, Patrick, who turned 12-years-old on August 13. Video footage shows the dad-of-five, from Nashville, Tennesse, USA, provide the trick-shot finishing move by slam-dunking the ball through the hoop after 26 successful passes.The clip shows how the ball doesn't touch the ground once and the group of 11 and 12-year-old classmates work together to pull off the impressive move.Drew, a high school teacher married to Tara, 42, says Patrick and his friends only practiced the routine twice - before nailing it on the third attempt.He said: "I've never seen one done like this with a group of kids as big as this."The reaction of the kids is fantastic.
The joy you can see is why I do it.
When you are a part of that it is amazing."The were incredible We only practiced it a couple of times."When I finished it at the end I knew they'd all go crazy.
It's just kids having fun in a backyard but it's such a cool learning environment too."I try to create a space where I can bond with the kids on their level.
It's a way to connect with them using a universal language and they just embrace it."Drew teaches basketball at Patrick and his friend's high school, Christ Presbyterian Academy, and has been choreographing routines since 2016.Patrick and his brother, Nicholas, 11, were adopted from Uganda by Drew and Tara in 2010 and have always been interested in trick shots.The pair used to spend hours watching clips online, so Drew decided to come up with some of his own so they could try their hand at skill moves.The dad and lads' new hobby started out with a 'shot of the day' during the summer holidays in 2016 - which was filmed and posted on Instagram.People started to take notice of Drew's risky routines and he now spends time coming up with bigger and better skill moves to share online."The boys were always watching these shots on YouTube and the boys asked me if we could do some together", said Drew."It snowballed quite quickly and for me it's great to know people get joy from seeing our videos."It's an easy way to communicate with people all over the world and spread love."That's the beauty of it, it's a universal language."Drew, who also has three daughters, Sarah-Jane, 14, Ava, 15, and Emma, 18, now posts regular videos of his insane trickshots on his Instagram page @drewmaddux45.Some of his jaw-dropping clips involve trick shots off building blocks and incredible throws into hoops in weird and obscure locations.He pulled off one of his most impressive shots last year when he landed a 362 feet shot from the top of the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville.Drew says his main aim is to inspire youngsters and encourage more enthusiastic participation in sport.He said: "All kids must play sport and I thought this one was a pretty cool idea to involve so many kids."It wasn't easy and I didn't expect them to take so well to it.
They did a great, great job."Life is about partnerships and in some ways is a big team sport. "Life should be filled with smiles and joy and I try to create a culture of enjoyment in school."It should be the same in all aspects of life, including in the classroom."