Jason McElwain had done everything he was asked to do for the Greece Athena High School basketball team - keep the stats, run the clock, hand out water bottles.
That all changed last week for the team manager in the final home game of the season. The 17-year-old senior, who is autistic and usually sits on the bench in a white shirt and black tie, put on a uniform and entered the game with his team way ahead.
McElwain proceeded to hit six 3-point shots, finished with 20 points and was carried off the court on his teammates’ shoulders.
He scored 20 points in just 4 minutes, sinking 6-of-10 3 pointers. His team won 79-43, which means they would’ve only won by 16 points without his contribution. While the story focuses on the inspirational story of his dedication to the sport and the team, despite his autism, and his one chance at glory… perhaps I’m not the only one wondering whether McElwain’s performance indicates he should’ve been in uniform for more games.I dare you to watch the video of his big shots and not smile. Jason McElwain is an amazing kid.