Jason McElwain
Autistic man, well-known for a high-scoring high school basketball game
Jason McElwain
Jason McElwain, (born October 1, 1987), is a high-functioning autistic American; he came to fame on national news in 2006 when he played for four minutes during a high school basketball game and scored twenty points. McElwain had a passion for basketball, so Greece Athena High School basketball coach Jim Johnson appointed him manager of the team. On February 15, 2006, Greece Athena was playing Spencerport High School for a division title.
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Is It Bad to Give Kids and Teens With Disabilities Special Sports Treatment?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's fall, which means glorious leaves, crisp nights, roasted pumpkin seeds and a steady stream of Google alerts about kids with special needs getting special football treatment. Like this story about Noah VanVoreen, a high school senior in Wisconsin with Down syndrome and the Little Chute High School team's "waterboy." He finally got his chance to take the field; at the end of a recent game, they handed him the ball and let him score an "honorary" touchdown that didn't count toward the score. The crowd went wild. "I feel great!" Noah said. "I scored a touchdown. It was great." His parents were thrilled, too. And this story about Preston Bryan, a 10-year-old in Tennessee with cerebral palsy who's a member of the Eagleville Junior football team but never plays. He asked to participate in a game. Again, both teams agreed to let him score a touchdown; all the players ran alongside as his father pushed his wheelchair down the field. Then there's this story about Simon Roussel ...
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Len Berman: Top 5 Sports Stories
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
Happy Thursday everyone, here's my Top 5 for February 28, 2013 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com. 1. Quick Hits San Francisco sends quarterback Alex Smith to Kansas City. The NFL will investigate a team asking a player at the NFL Combine "Do you like girls?" Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors scored an NBA season-high of 54 points (over half of his team's total) last night in a loss to the Knicks 109-105. Despite the PGA Tour coming out opposed to the proposed rule against the anchoring of putters, Tiger Woods says he's still against anchoring. Cardinal Dolan says his chances are better of replacing A-Rod at third base on the Yankees than becoming Pope. Some would say the chances of A-Rod becoming Pope are better than finishing out his Yankees contract. 2. Change of Course How refreshing. The baseball players union is saying that punishment for steroids and the like may be too soft, that it's not enough of a deterrent. Good for them. Mich ...
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Amazing Individuals With Autism Provide Hope - The Stir
Google News - over 5 years
Number eight on the list is Jason McElwain, a high school student with autism who scored 20 points in the last four minutes of the final game of his team's season -- some from the three-point range. Go Jason! Also on the list is Dawn Prince-Hughes,
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A veces los sueños se hacen realidad - La Vanguardia
Google News - over 5 years
“A veces los sueños se hacen realidad”, este es el lema que Jason McElwain intenta mostrar desde que hace ya seis años deleitase al mundo con una exhibición de fuerza de superación sobre una cancha de baloncesto. Ahora compagina su trabajo en un
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Autism never got in the way of Naples grad Ian Liebentritt, on or off the court - Irondequoit Post
Google News - over 5 years
By Dan Goldman, staff writer Ian Liebentritt was just 13 years old when Greece Athena High School's Jason McElwain, who was diagnosed with autism at a young age, stepped into that national spotlight after playing in the team's final regular season game
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J-MAC DELIVERS INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE TO NIAGARA FALLS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS - Niagarafallsreporter.com
Google News - over 5 years
Greece coach Jim Johnson had agreed to get team manager Jason McElwain, J-Mac to his friends, into the game at some point. McElwain, a highly functioning autistic basketball junkie, was a senior, and the Spencerport game was his last chance to know the
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J-Mac holds court - Buffalo News
Google News - almost 6 years
Jason McElwain -- or as the world knows him, "J-Mac" -- fielded a question from a former Niagara Falls team manager. Someone a lot like him. Micah Jones, a fixture in Niagara-area sports, overcame brain cancer. A scar across his head, he asked J-Mac
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Jim Johnson: A Coach and a Miracle: Life Lessons From a Man Who Believed in an ... - Student Operated Press
Google News - almost 6 years
He had inserted 5-foot-7-inch, 120-pound Jason McElwain in the fourth quarter of Greece Athena High School `s final home game, as a show of appreciation for Jason`s dedication as team manager. J-Mac " "nicknamed as such by Coach Johnson "promptly
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Child Prodigy with Autism Wows and Inspires - Autism Key (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Some of these people with autism (both confirmed and suspected) include Daryl Hannah, James Durbin, Alexander Graham Bell, Jason McElwain, Daniel Tammet, Albert Einstein, Stephen Wiltshire, Tim Burton, Temple Grandin, John Quincy Adams,
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James Durbin Running Away with American Idol Competition - Autism Key (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Much like Jason McElwain, Temple Grandin and others, Durbin has been able to shatter many of the common stereotypes that exist with those who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Regardless of where he places in the competition,
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SPORTS OF THE TIMES; To Those Who Deserve an Extra Helping of Pie
NYTimes - over 10 years
In an era when too many bad guys provoke too many headlines and highlights, here are Thanksgiving thank-you notes for some of the good guys in sports' little corner of the world: Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, the San Francisco Chronicle reporters who put the heat on Barry Bonds with their book, ''Game of Shadows,'' the best seller that not
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TV SPORTS; And the ESPY for Bad Taste Goes to
NYTimes - over 10 years
When you don't expect to hear certain things in a familiar environment, it's easy to be surprised. Your head turns. Your stomach flips. Your ears quiver. I can't remember hearing anal-sex jokes on ESPN, so I was stunned to hear Lance Armstrong make one in his monologue at the ESPY Awards show televised Sunday night. The one-liner by Armstrong, the
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PRO BASKETBALL; For Every Season, Arenas Has a Jersey
NYTimes - almost 11 years
Gilbert Arenas has LeBron James's number. Two of them, so far. Arenas, the Washington Wizards' shooting guard, may not be swept up in James's hype on the court, but off the court, he is arranging to own a part of it. Arenas took the occasion of the Eastern Conference playoffs -- his Wizards are tied with James's Cavaliers at two games apiece -- to
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Sports Briefing
NYTimes - almost 11 years
BASKETBALL HOLLYWOOD CALLS -- Jason McElwain came close to blurting out the actor he would like to play the starring role in a Columbia Pictures movie about him that is being co-produced by Magic Johnson. ''If I could release a name,'' McElwain said yesterday as he stood next to Johnson in the gymnasium in Greece, N.Y., where he made six 3-pointers
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Sports Briefing
NYTimes - almost 11 years
BASKETBALL HOLLYWOOD COMES KNOCKING -- Jason McElwain, left, a 17-year-old senior, was back in his role as manager and all-around motivator for the Greece (N.Y.) Athena High School team on the eve of a sectional semifinal game last night. Two weeks earlier, McElwain, who is autistic, suited up for a game and delivered a jaw-dropping performance. He
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jason McElwain
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 27
    In April 2016, the Rochester Razorsharks, a professional minor-league basketball team, signed McElwain to a one-day contract for their regular season finale against the Western New York Thundersnow.
    More Details Hide Details With the Razorsharks leading by more than 40 points late in the game, McElwain was put in and scored 10 points, including 2 three-point shots.
  • 2014
    Age 25
    In 2014, he completed the Boston Marathon in 2:57.05.
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  • 2012
    Age 23
    McElwain is also an accomplished runner. On September 23, 2012, McElwain completed the MVP Health Care Rochester Marathon in 15th place in 3 hours, 1 minute and 41 seconds, a time that qualified him for the Boston Marathon.
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  • 2011
    Age 22
    McElwain is also involved in public speaking, including an October 2011 speech at the Jefferson Rehabilitation House's annual dinner.
    More Details Hide Details Since 2007, McElwain has also been a volunteer coach for the Greece Athena team alongside Johnson.
    His memorable video surfaced once more in 2011, when Facebook users shared a 2006 story featured on CBS Evening News.
    More Details Hide Details Jason had a song dedicated to him and his accomplishments on the court by an artist named Iron Butter. Jason also did several interviews and appeared at the Summerjam concert where his song was performed. Following his rise to fame, Jason McElwain wrote a book titled The Game of My Life. The book is written mainly by Jason, but includes sections written by his family, coach, and teammates. The Game of My Life is 243 pages long and was published on February 5, 2008 by New American Library. Editorial reviews were left by celebrities such as Magic Johnson, Doug Flutie, Rodney Peete, Holly Robinson Peete, and Tony Dungy. The book was co-written by Daniel Paisner. As early as late February 2006, Jason McElwain and his family started receiving inquiries from over twenty-five film companies, including The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros., about making a film based on his story. In April 2006, it was announced that Columbia Pictures had bought the rights to produce the film. Laura Ziskin, producer of the Spider-Man film series, was signed on to produce the film about McElwain's life. Magic Johnson has also been attached as producer, while two-time Academy Award winner Alvin Sargent is in talks to write the film. However, there currently is no timetable for the movie as contracts are being finalized and the script is still being written.
    McElwain appeared on The Talk in April 2011 as part of the show's month-long series on autism awareness.
    More Details Hide Details He told the hosts he was head coach of the 17U East Coast Fusion AAU basketball team.
  • 2009
    Age 20
    In 2009, he appeared in a commercial for Gatorade as part of their "What is G?" ad campaign.
    More Details Hide Details The commercial aired during the Super Bowl.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2007
    Age 18
    In 2007, Topps trading cards produced a Jason McElwain card as part of its retro-themed Allen & Ginter set.
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  • 2006
    Age 17
    McElwain won an ESPY Award for the Best Moment in Sports in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details McElwain beat out Kobe Bryant's 81-point-game and the George Mason Patriots' run to the Final Four. The speech that Jason gave upon winning the award was written for him by his older brother. The theme of the speech was about dreams coming true. In addition to the many celebrities McElwain met, he also appeared on various talk shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, Good Morning America and Today.
    McElwain met President George W. Bush on March 14, 2006, when Bush stopped by a nearby airport on his way to Canandaigua, New York, so he could meet McElwain.
    More Details Hide Details Standing next to McElwain, Bush told reporters "As you can see, a special person has greeted us at the airport, Jason", and then jokingly asked "Can I call you J-Mac?" Bush went on to praise McElwain, saying "Our country was captivated by an amazing story on the basketball court. It's the story of a young man who found his touch on the basketball court, which, in turn, touched the hearts of citizens all around the country." Bush also stated that upon seeing McElwain on television, he "wept, just like a lot of other people did". Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning visited Rochester, where he was introduced to McElwain. Manning invited McElwain and Steve Kerr, another Greece Athena High School athlete to the Colts' training camp for a week, which McElwain accepted. McElwain later said that Peyton was "one of the nicest guys in sports" and when the Colts won the Super Bowl and Manning raised the Vince Lombardi Trophy, McElwain "had a tear in his eye."
    Jason McElwain was appointed as the manager of the Greece Athena High School by basketball coach Jim Johnson. On February 15, 2006, he played in a basketball game against Spencerport High School, for a division title.
    More Details Hide Details Greece Athena got a large lead, so Coach Johnson decided to let McElwain play in the last four minutes and nineteen seconds of the game. After initially missing two shots, McElwain made six three-point shots and one two-pointer, finishing with twenty points. After the final buzzer rang, the crowd dashed onto the court in celebration. Ten years later, McElwain made his professional basketball debut with the Rochester Razorsharks. Jason McElwain was born on October 1, 1987, to David and Debbie McElwain, and was diagnosed with autism at the age of two years. Jason and his family lived in Greece, New York, a suburb of Rochester, New York. He initially struggled when interacting with other children, but began to develop social skills as he grew older. Although he was placed in special education classes, McElwain enjoyed basketball, to which he was introduced by his older brother Josh, and was appointed manager of Greece Athena High School's varsity basketball team.
    McElwain came to fame on national news, in 2006, when he played during a high school basketball game, and scored twenty points.
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  • 1987
    Age -2
    Born on October 1, 1987.
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