This kid so totally rocks and his school and the parents there sound like they are the coolest things on earth.
GREECE, N.Y. -- Jason McElwain had done everything he was asked to do for the Greece Athena High School basketball team -- keep the stats, run the clock, hand out water bottles.
That all changed last week for the team manager in the final home game of the season. The 17-year-old senior, who is autistic and usually sits on the bench in a white shirt and black tie, put on a uniform and entered the game with his team way ahead.
McElwain proceeded to hit six 3-point shots, finished with 20 points and was carried off the court on his teammates' shoulders.
"I ended my career on the right note," he said Thursday. "I was really hotter than a pistol!"
Since then, McElwain's phone has hardly stopped ringing. When his family went out for dinner, he was mobbed by well-wishers.
Coach Jim Johnson decided to suit up McElwain for the home finale because of his dedication as team manager. "It was as touching as any moment I have ever had in sports," Johnson said of the fan's response to McElwain's game.
I heard this story on the radio. What this article doesn't say is that the entire school and the parents love this kid and were completely behind this move and made it a special day for him. They passed all waved cut outs of his face on popsicle sticks and cheered him.
I saw that on the news last night, basically gave me goose bumps especially since my brother is handicapped as well. He was also a huge sports nut and was allowed to dress out and play a few downs on the football team his "senior" year in high school on Senior day. The coach allowed him to play on kickoffs and he actually made a tackle on one kickoff. The entire stands on both sides went absolutely nuts after Michael made the tackle and got up and started doing a "sack" dance. That one game is definitely the highlight of my brothers life and I so thank the coaches and teachers of our high school for allowing him the chance.
Damn...that kid was killing it. 20 pts in 4 minutes?!?!?! You could tell that the other team wasn't exactly using their defensive stopper on him, but he had a hand in his face on a couple of those shots, and to make six three pointers in four minutes is pretty good no matter what. Seeing the reaction of his teammates and the crowd gave me goose bumps.
I was watching the Post Game for the Lakers and Kings game last night and they were joking about how the coach only gave him a chance in the last game of the season. Anyway, I've worked with autistic children before so this is always a good story to see.
Always nice to see a news story that's actually about something good.
Props to the coach!
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