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02-25-2006, 06:30 PM

Autistic Teen's Hoop Dreams Come True

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 23, 2006

(CBS) It was the stuff of Hollywood, but it was real.

Senior Jason McElwain had been the manager of the varsity basketball team of Greece Athena High School in Rochester, N.Y.

McElwain, who's autistic, was added to the roster by coach Jim Johnson so he could be given a jersey and get to sit on the bench in the team's last game of the year.

Johnson hoped the situation would even enable him to get McElwain onto the floor a little playing time.

He got the chance, with Greece Athena up by double-digits with four minutes go to.

And, in his first action of the year, McElwain missed his first two shots, but then sank six three-pointers and another shot (video) (javascript:void(0);), for a total of 20 points in three minutes.

"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."

"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."

The crowd went wild, and his teammates carried the excited McElwain off the court.

"I felt like a celebrity!" he beamed.

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."

His teammates couldn't be happier.

"He's a cool kid," says guard Levar Goff. "You just get to know him, get used to being around him. A couple of weeks ago, he missed practice because he was sick. You feel different when he's not around. He brings humor and life to the team."

Jason's next goal: to graduate.

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02-25-2006, 06:31 PM
I saw the clip of this kid. It was ridiculous. He was stepping back and raining 25-footers.

20 points in 3 minutes? How can you not play this kid MORE?

It was the most amazing basketball feat I've ever seen in my life.

02-25-2006, 06:43 PM
It was the most amazing basketball feat I've ever seen in my life.

Yeah, wish i'd been there too.

02-25-2006, 06:47 PM
This was a once-in-a-lifetime story. It's not something you can just arrange.

02-25-2006, 06:49 PM
I'm sure there'll be a new movie on that someday. Forest Gump has already opened the market for such kind of movies.

02-25-2006, 06:50 PM
This is the 4th or 5th time this has been posted, lol.

Dang. Sorry for that.

02-25-2006, 07:03 PM
I saw the highlishts on SportsNet. I figure it has to be a slow Sports day for this stuff to be prime time, no offense to the kid.

02-25-2006, 08:12 PM
The video from that link at the top is amazing. Great story.

02-25-2006, 09:41 PM
Great story. :)

02-25-2006, 10:15 PM
That really is a great story. My son Evan is autistic, so I can definitely relate. It had to be amazing for he and his mother to experience that.

02-26-2006, 12:13 PM
You know, we could use some outside shooting right about now...:)