03/16/2006 UPDATE: Watch the video and note the text on the back of Jason’s shirt:
That’s the beauty of this story. Here’s a kid who doesn’t make excuses about being autistic; he works. Most people don’t desire, or work towards, greatness, and too many will exploit any perceived “handicap” to avoid work and receive special treatment. Yet, when Jason earns a first, brief opportunity to join the game, he elevates “seize the moment” to an art form. By sinking six consecutive three-pointers, he did in four minutes what few NBA stars will ever accomplish in a career. Jason gave us a wonderful, rare glimpse into the truth that greatness is earned, not given.
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls, and looks like work.” — Thomas Edison
I read about this amazing story the day after it happened. Yesterday, President Bush met with Jason McElwain who has become somewhat of a celebrity. You’ve probably heard about Jason: born with autism, he is the manager of his high-school basketball team. As a reward for his hard work and loyalty to the team, the coach let him play the final minutes of the season’s final game. The rest, as they say, is basketball history. Truly amazing.