I received the April edition of High School Today, a monthly publication by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
In it is an update on Jason McElwain, the autistic basketball player from Greece (N.Y.) Athena High School who captured the hearts from people across the nation by coming off the bench to make six 3-pointers and score 20 points in the final regular-season game of the 2006 season.
So where is McElwain now?
According to a story written by Lauren Hensley, he’s a volunteer assistant coach for the Greece Athena JV team, which went 17-1 last season. He participates in speaking engagements around the country. His motto: Sometimes Dreams Do Come True.
He was in a Gatorade commercial that aired during the Super Bowl. And he’s a part-time employee in a bakery in his hometown, a position he hopes to hold full-time someday.
“Jason’s life has changed a great deal, and at the same time, it’s still the same,” said his father, David McElwain, in Hensley’s story. “He has been blessed to meet a lot of wonderful people at his speaking engagements and he has really been able to see the goodness in people.
“At the same time, his life has remained the same as it was before his magical game. It’s only when he goes on the road to one of his speaking events that his life changes.”