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Basketball commentator shoots free throws for 24 hours straight, raises money for Special Olympics

Debbie Antonelli shoots the free throws at her Mount Pleasant home
Published: May. 15, 2022 at 4:51 PM EDT|Updated: May. 15, 2022 at 6:40 PM EDT
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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - 100 Free throws per hour for 24 hours straight, it seems difficult but it’s how sports broadcaster Debbie Antonelli spent her weekend and it’s all for a good cause.

Antonelli’s 24 Hours of Nothing but Net is meant to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics.

Antonelli, a basketball commentator for ESPN, CBS, Fox, Big Ten Network and Westwood One made 94.5% of her 2400 free throws this weekend in the driveway of her Mount Pleasant home.

The event started Saturday at noon. and ended Sunday at noon and it raised over $200,000 for the Special Olympics of South Carolina, according to Buonasera Media Services.

All money goes to support year-round sports training and competition opportunities for Special Olympics athletes.

Antonelli says the cause is special to her because her son, Frankie, has down syndrome.

She says a reason why Frankie has been so successful in school and sports has been because of Special Olympics.

“This is about what you can do,” Antonelli said. “Not what you can’t or what your limitations are. Everyone has adversity. Everyone faces something. Special Olympics is a place for people that need a little extra and a way to organize, and I know that this community will step up and help us.”

24 Hours of Nothing but Net was first started in 2019.

Antonelli says her goal is to one day raise $1 million.

You can donate by going to 24hoursnbn.com.

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