Jay Kletecka has a degree in finance and makes his living as a math teacher, but his real future may lie in the numbers he adds up on the Pop-A-Shot arcade game. The 2001 graduate is a master of the game in which players compete to see how many baskets they can make in a minute. And his skill is decidedly big time—earlier this year it landed him television spots on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and Fox Sports’ “The Best Damn Sports Show Ever.”
The seeds of Kletecka’s success were sown at age 12 when he won the first of two Pop-A-Shot machines in shooting competitions sponsored by the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. Last September, when some of his fellow teachers saw him in action, they spread the word. Kimmel flew him to Hollywood for a May 6 appearance. On the Fox show on June 16, he faced 2003 NBA rookie of the year Amare Stoudemire. Kletecka outgunned Stoudemire 106-38.
With these triumphs behind him, Kletecka is looking for new worlds to conquer, and he’s ready to take on all comers. “I’ve been waiting for this for 12 years,” he says.