Sophomore wins Citadel ring during basketball promotion
Patrick W. Lally, a sophomore from Cary, N.C., won his Citadel ring during a promotion held at the Bulldogs home basketball game against Furman on Jan. 23.
Lally, a member of Palmetto Battery, sank a half court shot during "Ring It From Halfcourt" and won a free class ring, valued at $800. Lally's shot was indeed nothing but net when it went into the hoop. As long as he meets the college's academic, discipline and military requirements he will have his class ring paid for by The Citadel Alumni Association. The "Ring It From Halfcourt" promotion is sponsored by Wendy's.
The "Ring It From Halfcourt" promotion has been an annual event at Citadel basketball games for 15 years. A cadet is selected at random from the audience and given one shot to make the basket from half court.
Just four cadets out of the more than 150 who have tried have won their ring by making the shot, said Associate Athletics Director Andy Solomon.
Lally played basketball in high school in Raleigh, N.C., but had never made that shot before.
"From tip-off until that 12-minute mark of the second half I was frantically praying that I didn't make a fool of myself in front of a crowd," he said. "I was shocked when it went in, and didn't quite know what to do."
Lally is a physical education (health and wellness) major and a member of the Class of 2012. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Lally of Cary, N.C.