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Feb 24 2006

Jason McElwain - Basketball Star

It's only a matter of time before a movie is made about Jason McElwain a Greece Athena High School senior in Rochester, New York. On February 15, Jason, the team manager, was given the privilege of suiting up for the varsity game as payback for his years of service taking care of sweaty uniforms, getting water for the players and cheering on the team. There's nothing unusual in this sort of gesture...until the magic happened!

Oh, by the way, Jason was born with autism.

If you are anything like me, you'll enjoy watching more videos about Jason McElwain.

Thanks Dave.

Posted by Don |


  1. I knew you'd like this. Another friend who saw it passed along a URL from a story about Jason on ESPN: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=2343490

  2. Wow, thats amazing. Great find!

  3. #3
    Devin said on February 27, 2006 | Reply

    Hello, I saw your site while searching for my buddy J-Mac on google....i appreciate your support...I was on the court with him when this happened and i am so happy with the nationwide response

    PS. i'm number 24 on the clips shown nationwide

  4. #4
    John said on February 28, 2006 | Reply

    This story is truly one for the ages...It's like a high school version of Rudy. And his peers were so amazing to him. Check out another video of the basketball game and the students lifting McElwain on their shoulders at http://collegeguru.blogspot.com/2006/02/autistic-student-jason-mcelwain.html

  5. #5
    Bracey said on March 14, 2006 | Reply

    What a moment!!! I have never been so moved in my life. May God bless J-Mac in all that he continues to do. Kudos to his parents, teamates and friends at school.

  6. #6
    steve said on March 15, 2006 | Reply

    Wow! way to go Jason
    keep up the good work

  7. #7
    Nancy Ford said on March 20, 2006 | Reply

    Our non-profit organization is very interested in hosting an event for Jason & his family. We have a women' intitiative that is interested in programs that address inclusiveness, etc. Please e-mail or call me back. 269 441-1717
    Appreciate your help. Thank you.

  8. #8
    Don said on March 20, 2006 | Reply

    Nancy, I cannot be of any help. But, you may try contacting Jason's school, Greece Athena High School senior in Rochester, New York, at 585-966-4000.

  9. #9
    shawn said on March 24, 2006 | Reply

    I'm a pastor in Denver co. anyone know how i can get a hold of david? i would love to have him share his story, it would encourage so many people.....

  10. #10
    DunKing said on March 27, 2006 | Reply

    If you are interested in downloading the video file of the Jason McElwain story, check this link:


  11. #11
    mike Decarlo said on March 28, 2006 | Reply

    I live in Rochester, and dam proud that our city, with all the crime, and bad media we finnaly get a chance to show the world we are not so bad. Thank you T- Mac for helpping us, you have no idea how great you are.

  12. #12
    Maggi said on March 29, 2006 | Reply

    Wow! What a story and an inspiration for kids with special needs/disabilities. I have a little boy with Down Syndrome and he loves basketball. After I saw this on the news that night, I called around and registered him in basketball with the City program. Maybe someday that will be him at a school or even at the Special Olympics.

  13. #13
    Alexander Oola said on April 3, 2006 | Reply

    Even in Germany we talk about the magic wich hapend that day, so amazing, what else can i say, it gave me strengh, and i hope that one day my dream will come true....

  14. #14
    A.C. said on July 20, 2006 | Reply

    Does anyone know if Jason McElwain has been receiving Neurofeedback therapy for his autism? This therapy is very successful for individuals with Autism. I have been hearing a lot about it and wanted to see if there was a connection. Thanks!

  15. #15
    EB replied to Devin on January 3, 2009 | Reply

    Hey Devin,

    I remember being excited about this story a year or two ago. I just graduated high school and am trying to get ahold of Jason. I have autism too and I like basketball. If you can please give him my email eboresowATgmail.com that would be really nice. Thanks, EB

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