STAR PLAYER GIVES AWAY HIS $40,000 PRIZE

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The event - a foul-shooting contest for top academic students at Compton High School in Los Angeles - was created with a simple premise: Organizers wanted to show the kids at Compton how to create community spirit with college scholarship money as the incentive.



Allen Geui won in front of a packed house.
Following a tear-jerking gesture from the winner - it appears the true lessons learned were by the adults.


The kids in Compton are more than alright.

Three months after winning the $40,000 top prize, Allan Guei donated all of his winnings to the seven other finalists.

Guei, a star player on the basketball team who is headed to Cal-State Northridge on a full scholarship, said he felt the others could use the college cash more than he could. He wanted to give his classmates a chance to make their academic dreams come true, too.

"I've already been blessed so much and I know we're living with a bad economy, so I know this money can really help my classmates," he said in a release from the school. "It was the right decision."

One that stunned Court Crandall, the man behind the event.

"What he has done is exceptional, just like Allan," he said. "Like any young people, whether it's my kids or someone else's, you hope they are given opportunities to show what they can do. These Compton High grads have a lot of talent. They have a lot of drive, and I wish them all the best."

Crandall, a partner at the Southern California advertising firm WDCW and a hollywood screenwriter whose credits include "Old School," came up with the idea after watching his 16-year-old son play on a basketball team with some Compton students.

Crandall felt foul shooting was something that could unite a community regardless of racial divide. He felt doing it in Compton - a community battling an image problem - could help change those attitudes, too.

"I thought the free throw is a good metaphor in a world where there's a bunch of lines that are kind of dividing us," Crandall said afterward. "The focus became, how do we show the world another side of Compton, that's more positive, beyond the stereotypical guns and crime stuff."


The only requirement for the contest is that the students must have a GPA of 3.0 and above. After receiving nearly 100 applicants, eight contestants were chosen at random. The contest was held in March.

"My hope was that what started as a competition would become a collaboration with the kids supporting each other," Crandall told the L.A. Times. "They did, but in the end they did that to a much greater extent than I ever could have anticipated."

The students were filmed throughout the ordeal as part of a documentary that is scheduled to be released this fall.

One of the final scenes figures to be Compton principal Jesse Jones making the surprise announcement at the school's graduation in June.

"Allan is a great basketball player, but he is a better citizen than a basketball player," Jones said. "It's truly a blessing."

Even though Guei was a basketball star, Crandall allowed him to enter the contest to reward him for his academic efforts.

Guei would have been allowed to keep the money under NCAA rules. The other finalists, who will receive roughly $5,500, are thankful that he will not.

Donald Dotson, who also plans to attend Cal-State Northridge, said Guei is "a very deep, intelligent, and warm person."

Dotson figures his gesture will pay forward.

"He's going to go really far in life," he said. "Because of what he's done for us, God will bless him. That's what life is all about; stepping forward to help other people."

The irony in this story: Compton's boys basketball team advanced to the Southern Section Division 2AA title game last winter before losing . The team was done in by poor foul shooting.

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This story brings me to tears..Amazing how a child could be so generous
You rock son!



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I'm glad Tanks not around to comment. Well played young man
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Best story of the day. =D> =D> =D>
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What a human being. Wow...his parents must be very proud.
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slowyoroll wrote:This story brings me to tears..Amazing how a child could be so generous
You rock son!



=D> =D> =D>

I hope ALL his dreams come true. This kid, and ones like him, is what gives me hope for the future.
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oceanvue wrote:I'm glad Tanks not around to comment.


That should become my signature.
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atgreek wrote:


That should become my signature.
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Good story.
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atgreek wrote:


That should become my signature.
Yep, you did good. Congrats on getting rid of one of the few entertaining people around here. Hopefully your days are easier now that you either censor (delete) or ban people you do not agree with.


This is another offical warning.
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Buc Pride wrote:
Yep, you did good. Congrats on getting rid of one of the few entertaining people around here. Hopefully your days are easier now that you either censor (delete) or ban people you do not agree with.


This is another offical warning.


Yep, I did good.
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atgreek wrote:


Yep, I did good.
Thank you.
The guy has been around forever and somehow a rouge ass. Mod bans him for good. I wonder why the good people at OC Register and JQP never banned him?
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Buc Pride wrote:
The guy has been around forever and somehow a rouge ass. Mod bans him for good. I wonder why the good people at OC Register and JQP never banned him?
The OC Register people shut the whole BOARD down.

Ask JQP.
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UH..HIGH JACK ALERT!!!
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Sorry kicks but you can blame the ass. Mod for the jacking.

-Great story, stud kid
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Buc Pride wrote:
The guy has been around forever and somehow a rouge ass. Mod bans him for good. I wonder why the good people at OC Register and JQP never banned him?
Come on Buc... You are normally a pretty level headed guy, but you are coming off like a scrub who's best friend just got kicked out of the club for ass grabbing after the girl told him to stop.
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atgreek wrote:
The OC Register people shut the whole BOARD down.

Ask JQP.
Please stay on topic.
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regularbob wrote: Come on Buc... You are normally a pretty level headed guy, but you are coming off like a scrub who's best friend just got kicked out of the club for ass grabbing after the girl told him to stop.
Accurate observation, Bob

......but you can't stand blng for the most part so your take is biased.


ha ha ha

At least somebody is listening to the words coming out of my fingers.
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Buc Pride wrote:
Accurate observation, Bob

......but you can't stand blng for the most part so your take is biased.


ha ha ha

At least somebody is listening to the words coming out of my fingers.
Its not so much that I cant satnd him. There are times when he has a point, and can be entertaining, but its when he is wrong or gets caught in a lie he keeps at it until people want to slap him so hard it will make their hand hurt. Whether you like the mods or not, they are the mods, when he was warned, at that point enough was enough. Its not hard to understand...just shut it down and come back another day. Pretty simple...
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Tank will be Tank...I fully expect him to come back...

Now...Back on topic...

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