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.


Special Moments

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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