Jason Mcelwain


Jason McElwain


Jason McElwain, a high-functioning autistic had a passion for basketball, so Greece Athena High School basketball coach Jim Johnson appointed him manager of the team.


On February 15, 2006, Greece Athena was playing Spencerport High School for a division title.  As a reward for his dedication, coach Johnson decided to add McElwain to the roster and have him suit up and sit on the bench for the game.  With 4 minutes left, Greece Athena had a large lead, so Johnson decided to let McElwain play.  When the young man with a disability that slows down most people was sent onto the court, the packed gymnasium erupted with joy.  After initially missing two shots, McElwain made an amazing six three-pointers and one two-pointer in just four minutes – including the last shot of the game.  As soon as the final buzzer rang, fans from the stands stormed the court in celebration.


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