Tampa academy raises money with help of former Gator

TAMPA, FL (WFLA)- A former University of Florida basketball player is using his shooting skills to try and set a record, but more importantly also raise money for economically disadvantaged children. Teddy Dupay set out on a daunting personal challenge, try and hit as many three-point shots as possible in a 24 hour period. One, to try and break a Guinness world record and secondly, to help the Academy Prep Center of Tampa.

Richard Grandy with Academy Prep said, “What Teddy is doing for him to give back and to have this event going on is really going to open doors for a lot of our graduates and current students over at Academy Prep.”  As Dupay put up shot after shot, he had the support of his sister who was right by his side. And former Buccaneer and Dupay’s roommate at Florida, Earnest Graham.

Graham said of Dupay and his effort, “He had really found a point in his life where he is really committed to what he is doing as the development of these kids as far as what the center means to him and he is doing a fantastic job.”  Each shot Dupay made helps Academy Prep, a non-profit school that educates economically disadvantaged middle school students.

Dupay explained his purpose for the 24 hour feat. “The goal has always been the same, we wanted to raise a 100,000 thousand dollars for academy prep and i think we are probably getting pretty close.” But early on Dupay had to face obstacles, from cramping up to shooting with a nagging wrist injury that only got worse with time.

But he refused to throw in the towel and walk away. Dupay went on to say, “Just setting a good example here, going thru something a little bit tough you just don’t quit that’s what its all about you just don’t quit.” Dupay feels the real winners are the children he set out to help in the first place.” Dupay wasn’t able to break the record. but he’s proud of his campaign to raise money for Academy Prep.


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