Have you ever seen the biggest dream of someone's life come true right before your very eyes? I got to see this moment, captured through a video clip and I want you to see it too. It can be found on the CBS News website with the key search words Jason McElwain. The video will be on the right of the screen above the title, "Autistic Teen's Hoop Dream. Here's the story.
Jason McElwain is a Senior and the manager of the varsity basketball team of Greece Athena High School in Rochester, N.Y. He is also autistic. Because of his autism he didn't speak until he was 5 years old. A great love of Jason's life is basketball.
In his team's final game of the season Coach Jim Johnson decided to let Jason play. When he got on the court he shot towards the hoop but missed twice.
To quote his own words, "My first shot was an air ball (missing the hoop), by a lot, then I missed a lay-up," McElwain recalls. "As the first shot went in, and then the second shot, as soon as that went in, I just started to catch fire." And he truly did catch fire, hot like a pistol, one shot after another and the points started to add up in the last 4 minutes of the game. In fact, he made 20 points in those remaining minutes!!
The crowd cheered more and more as he kept making 3 point goals until finally when the buzzer sounded his teammates carried him off the court!
"I've had a lot of thrills in coaching," Johnson says. "I've coached a lot of wonderful kids. But I've never experienced such a thrill."
McElwain's mother sees it as a milestone for her son.
"This is the first moment Jason has ever succeeded (and could be) proud of himself," reflects Debbie McElwain. "I look at autism as the Berlin Wall, and he cracked it."
You gotta see the video.Posted by Linda at April 24, 2006 08:52 PM
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