Autistic teen scores major points in basketball game
February 22, 2006
- By KATU.com Web Staff
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - An autistic teenager proved hoop dreams can come true.
Jason McElwain is the basketball manager for Athena-Greece High School. For three years, he suited up and sat on the sidelines during every game.
On Feb. 15, the coach let him play in the school's final varsity basketball game of the season. What happened on the court surprised everyone.
Jason scored from behind the three-point line. Then he did it again. And again. In all, Jason netted 20 points during the last four minutes of the game.
The crowd went crazy, surging onto the court. Players and audience members lifted Jason onto their shoulders, with a big grin across his face.
Jason's secret: stay focused on the game.