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Anonymous's picture

Okay, you guys have to see this video. It's been out there for awhile apparently, but I'd never seen it. A friend just posted in on fb, and it got me all weepy. As someone who loves and mentors teenagers, this is the kind of shit I live for.

Group hug,
Pat

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Riku's picture

That's pretty awesome

That's pretty awesome actually. I love to hear about stuff like this. ^^

Adam A's picture

meow

i come from africa with all the little birdies and the little monkies!!!!

patnelsonchilds's picture

wanker ______________________

wanker

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jeff's picture

Err...

I've seen this before, but I always wondered why it is a feel-good story when, in fact, it is about underestimating someone because of their disability and making them be towel boy or somesuch all along, when they should have been successfully playing on the team the whole time. And then they take credit for the great thing they did, which is essentially discrimination.

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Riku's picture

If you look at everything

If you look at everything like that, the whole world seems depressing.

Although, you have a good point. Thanks a lot for killing my mood. :P

jeff's picture

Not really...

I don't find it depressing. You have to address what needs to be changed in the world for it to be fixed. There may be some valid reason why he couldn't be on the team, but if there is, then I'd imagine there's also no reason someone from the other team couldn't question why an unlisted player was allowed onto the court to play during an official game?

The only things they say in the piece about him is that is a special education student and he has autism, neither of which precludes you from having athletic ability.

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patnelsonchilds's picture

It's much more likely that

It's much more likely that he wasn't on the team because he did not try out, not because he was discriminated against. The story is about a kid who underestimated himself, and discovered (along with everyone else) abilities he did not know he had.

Killjoy.

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jeff's picture

heh...

The packaged piece is about that, yes. You can fill the holes in however you want.

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patnelsonchilds's picture

*drops anvil on

*drops anvil on Jeff*

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jeff's picture

The autism community agrees with me...

Dr. Catherine Lord, a professor of psychiatry and the director for the University of Michigan's Autism and Communications Disorders Center, says, "There are thousands of Jasons out there, carrying the net for the soccer team, keeping statistics for the baseball team, playing the drum for the school band. This serves as a reminder to give these kids a chance whenever possible."

Lee Grossman, president of the Autism Society of America, is hopeful that the McElwain experience will inspire schools across the country to increase the number of no-cut sports programs that are offered. Hyman agrees that those 240 seconds can greatly increase the opportunities for others.

"This is about looking at what sports do for kids in America," she said. "You see kids with special needs on the sidelines, not involved, while their typically developing peers are playing. I think the good to come of this is that people will look at the novel ways all members of a community can participate."

But the question remains... why was on the bench for years?

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wheels148's picture

amen to that jeff

to me it shows society's ignorance to the disabled community....

Mothers, tell your children: be quick, you must be strong. Life is full of wonder, love is never wrong. Remember how they taught you, how much of it was fear. Refuse to hand it down - the legacy stops here. ~Melissa Etheridge, "Silent Legacy," Yes I A

Lehcure's picture

that was a sweet story :). I

that was a sweet story :). I think anyone getting 6 or 7 three pointers in one game has pretty impressive skills..