In the News: Jason McElwain
Jason McElwain made the news in Scholastic News Edition 4 on March 27, 2006
By Tiffany Chaparro
McElwain suffers from autism, a brain disorder that affects social interactions and causes learning difficulties and speech problems. As a result of his autism, he did not begin to talk until he was five years old. Despite his struggles, he has never given up, always maintaining a positive attitude. McElwain is well liked in school, and loved by the basketball team.
The team's last home game was a special one for McElwain. With less than five minutes to go, he got to participate in the gamehis first and only appearance on the court. McElwain scored an impressive 20 points in those last minutessix three-pointers and one lay-up. The crowd went crazy for the 5'6" manager! His teammates lifted McElwain on their shoulders and cheered.
"He's been my right-hand man, he's there every day, and just getting him the opportunity to suit up was emotional enough for me," said Jim Johnson, the team's coach. "For him to come in and seize the moment like he did was certainly more than I ever expected. I was an emotional wreck."
Jason McElwain is an inspirational athlete, not only for what he did on the basketball court, but also for the positive example he sets off the court. Film companies are now looking to make a movie about McElwain.