Student debt is crippling. There's no comfort in being told it's "the best loan you'll ever get", nor that "everyone in your generation has one" - it's a huge wad of red numbers that haunt your bank statement like a lazy ghost. So if you were given the chance to win $10,000 (£6,260) and help sort some of them out, you'd probably give it a shot. Or four.
Gustavo Angel Tamayo of Bryan College, Dayton, Tennessee was handed just that opportunity: $10,000 in tuition fees would be his if he could make four consecutive basketball shots - a lay-up, a free throw, a 3-pointer and a half-court shot - in 30 seconds. Now if Tamayo had been the college's basketball star, you'd think there was a strong chance of him walking away with the cash, but having grown up in England, his sport of choice was football (proper football). While he had never played competitive basketball, his ball skills weren't prolific enough to see him take throw-ins for the college soccer team.
With a significant portion of the college in attendance to watch the contest, Tamayo took up position on the basketball court to try his luck. The results are nothing short of incredible.
The crowd reaction was unapologetically American, rivalling any slow-motion montage from sports film victories. Even more impressively, Tamayo completed the shots with a broken finger on his left hand. As a senior student, the majority of his fees have already been paid, resulting in the new hot shot promising to share some of his winnings with his schoolmates.
We're off to the local courts to see if we can manage all four shots by the end of the week. Winner gets a handshake.