Monday, February 27, 2006

J-Mac a True Hero in the Sports World & Life

I’m a huge sports fan, college sports being my favorite of the lot. That said there are countless stories coming out every day that put athletes in a very bad light given the lack of judgment, self centered attitudes, and self serving demeanor, some are guilty of.

Here however is an inspiring sports story and video clip that gets to the very heart and essence of what sports “should” be all about via CBS 11 Dallas-Fort Worth:

Senior Jason McElwain had been the manager of the varsity basketball team of Greece Athena High School in Rochester, N.Y.

McElwain, who's autistic, was added to the roster by coach Jim Johnson so he could be given a jersey and get to sit on the bench in the team's last game of the year.

Johnson hoped the situation would even enable him to get McElwain onto the floor a little playing time.

He got the chance, with Greece Athena up by double-digits with four minutes go to.

And, in his first action of the year, McElwain missed his first two shots, but then sank six three-pointers and another shot, for a total of 20 points in three minutes.

How exciting and valuable this was for Jason McElwain who is nicknamed J-Mac by his teammates and on the schools website. This is a fantasic accomplishment and one that he will remember all his life. The positive aspects of this story are overwhelming.

Another thing that impressed me so much was the absolute joy and excitement that his teammates and his fellow students in the stands displayed over his accomplishments. I thought to myself what a fine group of young people these kids are and how supportive. When is the last time that you saw such joy over a fellow teammates or classmates accomplishment at any level or age? Well done by all involved………………

Coach Johnson and the staff at Athena High are doing something very right and it would appear that they have a great group of kids to work with. Keep shooting J-Mac, keep shooting……………………………………