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Usually, a free throw counts for two points, but Wednesday afternoon at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School it counted for two dollars.

Students and teachers gathered in the gym to participate in Hooping it Up, which is a free-throw competition put on by Best Buddies Canada.

The competition sees students and staff pay two dollars to shoot as many free throws as they can in 60 seconds. The top numbers from each school division then get submitted, and if you sunk the most baskets in Canada, you can get a $500 award for being the best. 

Scott Mayall is the principal of the Swift Current Comprehensive High School. He says that this year was the biggest competition they've had.

"It was good," he said. "This was our fourth annual event, and by far this was the most kids and most participants that were out and so we're happy that it keeps on getting bigger and bigger."

Mayall said that it isn't just about the competition or raising money but the interaction between the students and those with special needs.

"The whole purpose of Best Buddies is to have some kids with special needs interact in just normal settings with the regular student body," he said. "I think that's what happened here today. Everybody was just here shooting hoops and having some fun."

Mayall said that the money will help them pay for some of the activities that they do.

"It goes to Best Buddies, and we will use some of that to fund some of the activities that we do," he said. "We have a movie night coming up, so that will help pay for the movie and the treats we're going to have in that time."

The school was able to raise $180, which meant that students and teachers tried 90 times to be the best.

Best Male went to Marvin Bautista with a score of 22.

Best Female went to Kennedy Choo-Foo with a score of 22.

Best Buddy went to Jayden Stolhanske-Dale who scored 10.

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Scott Mayall with winners Kennedy Choo-Foo, Marvin Bautista, and Jayden Stolhanske-Dale.

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