Monday, August 1, 2011

Autistic Basketball Star

I am going to take a moment to talk about a high school basketball player who earned national attention for his performance in a game back in 2006.  Jason McEwain, who was a senior at Greece Athena High School in Rochester New York, scored twenty points in four minutes.  "Swish" went the basket as Jason made a number of clean three pointers, many of which made no contact with the rim.  Jason has high functioning autism.

Jason earned national media attention and has become an inspiration to many who struggle with autism.  Even Former President George W. Bush was enthusiastic to meet the teenage star. "I feel like a celebrity," Jason was quoted in a CBS News article. 1

I remember watching this on a news broadcast during my own senior year of high school.  I can imagine how Jason might have been feeling during those four minutes. It may have been the greatest moment of his life, receiving the gratification from his teammates for his accomplishments.  I give the coach a lot of credit for allowing Jason to play that game.  Not everyone would have done that.

Interested in watching Jason's performance?  Click on the link below to view the news story as it appeared on CNN.

1 Dakss, Brian. "Autistic Teen's Hoop Dreams Come True." CBS News. March 1, 2010.  August 1, 2011.

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