If you haven’t heard about the story of Jason McElwain by now, now is a good time to do so.
Jason’s story is not only one of the greatest sports stories ever, it is one of the greatest stories ever. He was diagnosed as highly functioning autistic and has served as a team manager for the boys’ basketball team at Greece Athena High School near Rochester, NY. As a gift to him his senior year, the coach of the team let him suit up for the final game. With four minutes to play and Greece Athena up by 20 points, Jason entered the game to a rousing ovation.
With the crowd going nuts and hoping beyond hope Jason would score in his only high school basketball appearance, he air-balled his first shot attempt–a three-pointer from the right corner. His second shot attempt rimmed out.
Things looked bleak until reality suddenly became surreal, and a high school basketball game became one of life’s inspiring moments.
Jason tried another three-pointer…and swished it. The gym erupted. The place was going nuts.
But Jason was far from finished.
He hit another 3…and another…and another. When it was all over, Jason tied a school record with six made three-pointers and finished with a game-high 20 points–in just four minutes!
With each made basket, the place erupted more and more. Just watch the bench in the video below…it is one of the greatest things I have ever seen. And when he is carried off the floor by his teammates and fellow students, it looks like it is out of a movie, which I am sure is already in the works.
But you know what? A movie will never be as emotional and inspiring as the real thing.
So while Bode Miller was “partying at an Olympic level” instead of actually competing at an Olympic level and showing us the bad side of sports, Jason McElwain came along and reminded us all of how great and wonderful sports can be.