Friday, February 24, 2006

A Little Basketball Autistry

This is one of those stories that local news programs like to cover at the end of their broadcasts -- to leave you feeling good in spite of the previous half-hour of pure terror.

This autistic kid in upstate New York worked as the equipment manager for his high school basketball team, and for the final game of the season, the coach let him suit up. Then, in the final four minutes, the coach put him in the game. After missing his first couple shots horribly, he made seven consecutive baskets, including six three-pointers (one at the buzzer) for a total of 20 points in four minutes. (A bit of video here.)

As the story says, he was carried off on the shoulders of his teammates. My question: How terrifying must have it been for the poor autistic kid to have every single person in that gym charging him to celebrate?



At 5:05 PM , Blogger Ted Carter said...

Sounds like he was a pretty high-functioning autistic kid, though. And he looked like he was having a hell of a good time in the video.

At 7:47 PM , Anonymous Phil said...

It sounds like the coach is the disabled one here. Why wasn't this kid playing all year.


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