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Throwback Friday: Jason McElwain

It's Friday, so that means a "new" classic throwback video from the internet archives. Although we usually post funny things, we love this video of Jason McElwain's inspirational shot in basketball.

The Story

In 2006, Jim Johnson was the basketball coach for Greece Athena High School and he decided to add Jason to the roster a game against Spencerport High School. Jason was born with autism, and had served as the basketball team's manager, but the coach wanted to make sure he could get Jason his own jersey and a seat on the bench for the last home game of the season. The coach thought he might be able to let Jason play for a little while if Grace Athena had a lead towards the end of the game. They did.

Jason entered the game with four minutes left, and missed his first three-point shot. Then he missed a lay-up. And then the fun began. Jason turned it on, and shot six three-pointers and one two-point shot before the end of the game. The crowd was roaring with each shot, and stormed the court after the game ended.

The Aftermath

McElwain met former President George W. Bush in March of 2006, after Bush stopped during a trip so that he could meet McElwain. Bush even jokingly asked Jason "Can I call you J-Mac?" Peyton Manning visited as well, and invited McElwain to the Indianapolis Colts' training camp. A minor league baseball team even gave away bobbleheads of Jason during a promotion.

He also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, and the Today show on NBC, and he wrote a book titled The Game of My Life. Now, he's planning on going to college and keeps busy with speaking engagements as well.

Check out the video below.

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