Let’s Shame An Insurance Company Into Giving A Little Kid His $50,000 In Prize Money
August 15 / Glenn Davis / SportsGrid
Hockey teams sometimes do a promotion where a chosen-at-random fan comes on the ice and attempts to shoot a puck across a fair portion of the rink and into an opening barely big enough to fit the puck. The odds aren't good, but the reward is: for a recent iteration of this promotion in Minnesota last week, a successful shot was slated to earn $50,000. And 11-year-old Nate Smithsomehow pulled it off...but he might not get a dime.
That's because while Smith hit the shot, the person who should have taken the shot was actually his identical twin brother, Nick, whose name was on the raffle ticket drawn for the promotion. We have no reason to believe it was anything other than an honest mistake - being identical twins, we wouldn't imagine the kids' skill level is that different, and such a low-percentage shot doesn't really have much to do with skill level anyway - and the next day, the twins' father, Pat, called and explained the situation:
"We thought honesty was the best policy, and we wanted to set a good example for our kids."
Additionally, if the Smiths do receive the $50,000, they say some of it will go to Nick and Nate's school, with the rest saved up for their college educations, so their plan for the money could literally not be more wholesome. Now it's all a matter of whether they get it or not - that's in the insurance company's hands. And what hands of SHAME they will be, if the Smiths don't get their reward. They fessed up to the mistake...and come on, the shot Nate hit was ridiculous. Let's not punish a kid whose only pre-existing condition is A SERIOUS CASE OF AWESOME. Watch CBS News' report on the story below:
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