Ms. Fitz has been identified.
And her college alma mater plays in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl on Friday.
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, the third-grade teacher who nearly knocked the Internet out last week with a Twitter video of her making a full-length shot at an outdoor basketball court amidst dozens of her students, played her final season of college basketball at Rutgers during the 2017-18 season, after three years at St. Joseph’s University.
Fitzpatrick was also interned in Rutger’s sports information department.
In the video, “Ms. Fitz” promises her entire class at Holy Trinity School Georgetown in Washington DC hot chocolate if she makes the shot.
She takes a pass from a young man wearing a reindeer suit, dribbles four times and then fires the shot. After the ball went through the hoop, her children bullied her in excitement.
Holy Trinity posted the video on the school’s Facebook page, and it was viewed more than three million times.
Rutgers broke the news of her background on Twitter in a post that said, “We knew the follow-up looked familiar.”
Rutger’s football team plays against Wake Forest at TIAA Bank Field at 11 (ESPN). And in light of her recent fame, could Mrs. Fitz be a part of the festivities?
Maybe a half-time shooting contest where Mrs. Fitz faces a member of the Jacksonville Giants?
The coin toss before the game? Of course, judging from her usual trajectory, it may take some time for the coin to fall.
And after a look at her high school and college career, it’s no surprise that she was able to hit at a long distance. Fitzpatrick set the career-high 3-point shooting record at the Academy of Notre Dame in Drexel Hill, Pa., Finishing in fourth place ever in the school’s history with 1,329 points
In 2015-16, Fitzpatrick St. Joseph with 51 3-pointers and led the team with a free throw percentage of 0.833. She averaged 8.5 points per game. The year before, she led the team with a free throw percentage of .906.
Fitzpatrick switched to the Rutgers, sat out one season and then had an average of 1.7 points per game. fight as a senior.
Fitzpatrick has since been interviewed on ESPN and said she was more nervous about taking the shot in front of her students than any shot she tried in high school or college – apparently since hot chocolate was at stake.
“I usually play basketball with them during recess, and I don’t take it very lightly,” she told ESPN. “I play, you know, as hard as I can. It was a Friday afternoon. And I just picked up a ball and said that if I make this shot, we should have hot chocolate on Monday as a class. I just have launched it and it went in. “
Meanwhile, Fitzpatrick’s farm, now dubbed “The Hot Chocolate Shot”, is helping homeless people in the area around Holy Trinity Georgetown.
The school got so many views on the original posting that people started asking if they could make donations. Holy Trinity officials decided to earmark any donation to its Father McKenna Center, which provides services and shelter to the homeless.
Donations can be made to trinity.org/hotchocolateshot.
This article originally appeared in the Florida Times-Union: ‘Hot Chocolate Shot’ at Washington DC School has made Rutgers-educated Kathleen Fitzpatrick famous