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Wednesday
May082013

Cheerleader Called 'Chunky' Says Critic Should Be Ashamed

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(OAKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) -- An Oklahoma City Thunder cheerleader has some strong words for the female blogger who criticized her figure and posted a poll asking readers to decide if she was "too chunky" to cheer.

"Shame on you. I mean you are a woman … you know exactly what we all go through on a daily basis just being a woman," Kelsey Williams said. "Shame on you."

Speaking to ABC News' Bianna Golodryga on Good Morning America Wednesday, Williams said her "heart sank" when she read what the CBS Houston sports blogger, writing under the name "Claire Crawford," wrote on April 22 after seeing her cheer at a first-round NBA playoffs game between the Thunder and the Houston Rockets.

The Houston Chronicle reported that the blogger's name was a pseudonym for Anna-Megan Raley, who once blogged for the paper and posted a video of her audition to be a Houston Dynamo soccer team cheerleader.

"The Rockets looked terrible in Game 1, but some say they weren't the only bad-looking people on the court," Crawford wrote on Houston's SportsRadio 610, also noting that Oklahoma City fans had criticized Williams for "having 'pudginess' around her waistline."

Crawford conceded Williams was a "pretty blonde" and concluded her post by writing, "We think she's beautiful," but her blog drew criticism nonetheless. The six-paragraph article also included a poll asking readers if "this chick is 'too chunky' to be a cheerleader."

Voters could choose that Williams either had "the perfect look to be an NBA cheerleader," "she could use some tightening up in her midsection," or, "she has no business wearing that outfit in front of people."

Williams said she wears a size 4. She also told Golodryga that she eats right and works out three to four hours daily to meet the requirements for being a professional cheerleader, but she added that she embraces her body.

"I have always had more of an athletic build, different than the slender ballerina that some people may think of as a dancer, and that's just not me," she said.

The cheerleader said the episode was hard for her family. Williams started to cry when she recalled the effect on her husband and father.

"They are just equally upset," she said. "They think I am beautiful and they love me, so I think they were hurt too."

Williams said she is grateful for the overwhelming support she has received from her family, friends, fans, and from strangers online.

"I have so much love in me," she said. "Sending hate her way would do nothing … what's done is done. I'm just going to keep my chin up."

After the blog was published, Williams took to Twitter to politely fire back at Crawford.

"To be womanly always, discouraged never," she wrote.

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Wednesday
Mar062013

Basketball Fan Scores Half-Court Shot, Wins $20K for Wife's Cancer Treatment

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Heath Kufahl said he had "a feeling" that if picked he could score a half-court shot at an Oklahoma City Thunder game and win $20,000. Turns out his feeling was right.

"I told the mascot I was going to make it, had a feeling I was going to make it," Kufahl told ABC News. "After all that's happened, the money is nice, but the story behind it is the bigger deal."

Kufahl, 37, and his wife, Jenni Kufahl, 38, have seven children who range from twin 3-year-olds to a 13-year-old. He is a high school teacher of economics and Bible studies, and is also a coach. She homeschools some of their children.

Jenni Kufahl has appendix cancer, a rare malignancy, of which there are only about 500 cases diagnosed a year, say the Kufahls.

A few weeks ago, the couple were at an Oklahoma City Thunder basketball game and Heath Kufahl spotted the person who goes around the arena picking people to play a halftime game. Determined to get picked, he and his wife went to another game Tuesday night.

Tuesday's halftime game pitted two couples against each other. The Kufahls made more baskets in the first round and advanced to the half-court shot round in which scoring would mean winning $20,000.

"I really thought I had a good chance, I have no idea why," Heath Kufahl said. "I coach basketball. We mess around. I've done this growing up, but never in a setting like that."

Video from the game showed Kufahl lick his hand, wipe it on his back pocket, bounce the ball four times and take the shot. The ball went right in, not even hitting the backboard or rim.

An ecstatic Kufahl took off running, arms in the air, as the arena erupted in cheers. The camera panned to his wife, dropped jaw and all.

"When he made it, I was totally shocked," she told ABC News. "The look on my face shows shock, I didn't even move. That just went in. I couldn't believe it."

After Kufahl's celebratory lap around the court, he was handed a jumbo check for $20,000, which he said would be used to help pay for wife's medical treatments. Jenni Kufahl has 10 more weeks of chemotherapy.

But, before that, the couple headed home to celebrate with their children.

"They were so excited," Jenni Kufahl said. "We didn't get home until probably midnight. We woke up the three oldest, sat for an hour-and-a-half together or more just watching YouTube videos that had been put up."

Heath Kufahl said his students were thrilled at school on Wednesday, since they know his story. His wife brought them doughnuts and their scheduled test was moved to Thursday.

"It wasn't luck we got picked and had this shot," Jenni Kufahl said. "It was the Lord going before us, providing opportunity."

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