Patricia Cosulich doesn't expect many people to actually shoot 1,000 free throws in four hours Friday at Huntington Beach High School.
But even if they come up short, she hopes that number will stay with them.
Patricia, co-president of the World Vision Club, has organized a fundraiser for Hoops of Hope, a nonprofit that raises funds for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. According to the nonprofit, about 1,000 children every hour lose their parents to the disease — so the World Vision Club has asked contestants to shoot for that number Friday.
"The goal is really to put in perspective how much 1,000 is," Patricia said.
The 16-year-old sophomore, who co-founded the World Vision Club in September, got the idea to host the fundraiser several years ago when she heard Hoops of Hope founder Austin Gutwein speak at a Christian conference. Austin, who is Patricia's age, started the charity in 2004 when he was still in elementary school.