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You’ve got to see how Jason McElwain, a high school senior diagnosed as autistic, plays his first basketball game in style (video below). He doesn’t just play or score a token basket, he breaks a school record with only a couple of minutes to play!
Up until this point, Jason has been the team manager – not a player. But coach Jim Johnson realized that this young man had been working hard to support the team and decided to let him wear a team uniform to one of their last games. When the game was squarely in hand, the coach decided to actually let Jason go in the game.
Players passed him the ball, hoping he’d get a shot and make a basket. His first attempt missed badly. Coach Johnson commented after the game, “I just prayed, ‘Dear Lord please help him get a basket.'”
Then McElwain went on a streak, hitting six three-point shots in a row, electrifying the crowd (many of whom had his face on signs).
Those six baskets tied the team record for three-pointers in a single game.