Sacramento pastor who hit half court shot to raffle car for charity

The Sacramento pastor who won a car last week by hitting a half court short announced plans Tuesday to raffle the car to raise more money for local causes.

During the April 5 Sacramento Kings game,Center of Praise Ministries senior pastor Joseph Sissac did the improbable. He sank the 47-foot half court shot, becoming the first — and only — person to do so in 41 home games this season, the team said. It was the last successful half court attempt at Sleep Train Arena.

The prize was a new car from Folsom Lake Ford. But when he and his wife arrived at the dealership, the couple had second thoughts.

“We are donating the car. We want to raffle the car off to raise funds,” Sissac, 40, told reporters and supporters at a midday Tuesday press conference. “We want to take another shot and use this vehicle to help change lives of people in our community.”

Sissac won a $15,000 Ford Fiesta, but said he plans to add roughly $2,000 to the prize, which will allow him to raffle a Ford Focus instead.

Tickets to win the Focus will be sold for $10. The money will split between the Center of Praise’s math and literacy camp and the Hoops to Hope program, Sissac said. Sissac said the church hopes to sell 3,000 tickets, raising $30,000. The raffle is expected to take place April 23. Hoops to Hope is focused on education, homelessness, and human trafficking, according to it’s organizing entity e49corp.

“We all took that shot together and God is the one that put it through the hoop,” he said Tuesday flanked church members.

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