World of Sport

Six-year-old wins his entire school day off

Little Blake Harper has become a hero in his school after landing a basketball shot that saw the entire school get a day off.

The Super Bowl is played in America on a Sunday evening and children traditionally like to stay up late and watch the game and post-match celebrations meaning that school on Monday can be an almighty chore.

On the Friday before the Super Bowl, Bethesda (Md.) Mater Dei School had a competition to determine whether everyone would have to come to school on Monday.

First, two older students were given the chance to connect on three-pointers. They missed. Then came young Harper.

The first grader, looking awfully diminutive that far from the basket, put up his shot, saw it fall through the hoop and then was immediately mobbed by a crush of celebrating students.

There’s no word yet as to whether Harper plans to continue playing basketball as he grows older. He has plenty of time to make those kinds of decisions. Yet even if he does, he’ll have a hard time topping the shot he put up from the free throw line in first grade.