When Tonya Belton was brainstorming for a Boys and Girls Club of York County fundraiser, she thought of her nephew E.J., whose Abbeville basketball team raised money with a shootout.
Belton, a Boys and Girls Club board member, began contacting politicians, school officials, community leaders and prominent locals to convince them to do the same.
"We wanted to include all parts of the community," Belton said.
On Friday evening, more than 40 people hit Sullivan Middle School's gym for the first (local) Celebrity Shootout. They faced off two at a time, one player at each end of the court.
Shooters got a point for layups, two for free throws, or they could venture out for three. Whoever had the most points after 20 shots won.
Shooters and their supporters pledged money for each shot.
Rock Hill schools Superintendent Lynn Moody had vowed to own Fort Mill schools Superintendent Chuck Epps. Sporting a Bulls Jersey, NBA headband and a dragon tattoo, she looked the part.
But even after convincing the announcer to tell the crowd she won, the schools chief confessed.
"I'll have to admit, he did beat me," Moody said. "But I looked a lot more intimidating than he did."
South Pointe High football star Jadeveon Clowney, considered among the nation's best high school defensive players and tall enough to pass for an NBA starter, faced Rock Hill High's Karis Watson, South Carolina's High School Volleyball Player of the Year. Of 20 three-point attempts, Clowney hit six to win 18-13.
Other shooters included Winthrop University President Anthony DiGiorgio, who beat York Technical College President Greg Rutherford 18-17. Fort Mill Fire Chief Ken Kerber defeated Rock Hill Police Chief John Gregory. Melvin Poole, president of the NAACP's Rock Hill branch, competed, as did Sullivan principal Michael Waiksnis and Banks Trail Middle principal Marty Connor.
The Boys and Girls Clubs, with three locations in Rock Hill and one in Fort Mill, is linked to the national nonprofit of the same name.
Money from the shootout will help pay for after-school and summer programs for children and teens.
"It was a great turnout," Belton said.
"Hopefully, we'll be able to build off this and do it again next year."