It’s been 10 years since one of Rochester’s most iconic moments and Tuesday on News 8 at Sunrise we sat down with Jason McElwain and Greece Athena Boys Basketball Coach Jim Johnson to reflect and look ahead.
It was in February of 2006 that McElwain, who has autism, was put into the game by coach Johnson late in the fourth quarter and proceeded to score 20 points. Video of J-Mac’s exploits and the raucous reaction in the gym went viral.
Johnson said the decision to put J-Mac into the game has helped raise awareness about autism locally and around the world. The anniversary of J-Mac’s game will be recognized on February 11 as AutismUp hosts the Opportunity Awards at Rochester’s Floreano Riverside Convention Center. The luncheon from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on that day will presents Champion, Volunteer, Professional Employer and Awareness Awards and feature legendary sports broadcaster Roy Firestone as the Keynote Speaker.
For more information about the AutismUp Opportunity Awards, visit the Autism Up website, click here.