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Jackson Logsdon, a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of Louisville, won $38,000 as part of the Progressive Student Shot Challenge during halftime of Thursday's women's basketball game. In order to snag the five-figure prize, Logsdon needed to convert a layup, hit a free throw, knock down a three-pointer, and make a half-court shot.
Later that night, Logsdon found that he wouldn't receive the $38,000 prize because he violated a rule in the competition, which states "contest participants could not have played high school basketball within the last six years," per the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Logsdon admitted to the Courier-Journal that he played high school basketball for three years, and "mostly came off the bench" during his senior year. "It is a huge bummer as I am an out-of-state student," Logsdon said via email. "It would have went a long way to paying off student loans and anything in that manner. It was still an awesome experience and something I'll never forget. Very bittersweet though."
A spokesperson for University of Louisville athletics Ira Green confirmed that Logsdon was denied the prize, but added that "working on some items, so he doesn’t go away empty handed."
While receiving "some items" is cool and all, it pales in comparison to the sizable sum of money he was going to receive that would immediately go towards the student loan debt he's building by attending that same university. If all else fails, just sell off that stuff, and make up some of that money, Jackson.
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