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|Inspiring youth proves power of hope|
I do not know if aging has anything to do with it or not, but it seems as if every time that I read something or watch something with any emotional content, I tear up. As I watched the story of Jason McElwin, tears began falling from my eyes as I witnessed a performance that was so electrifying that the experience seemed surreal. It was if I were viewing a movie that had been taken from a script that had been written for an incredible ending to a make believe story.
Jason McElwain was a senior at Athena High School. He had not been able to make the basketball team so the coach asked him to be the team's manager. Jason did whatever the team needed from passing out water to passing basketballs in drills. His very presence was an encouragement to his teammates.
Every day when practice was over and he had completed his managerial chores, Jason stayed after everyone had gone. He spent this time practicing shooting the basketball, especially from the three point range. Anyone who has practiced basketball in a vacant gym knows the sounds associated with emptiness. Every action is magnified whether it is the squeaking of sneakers, the sound of a bouncing ball, or the thud sound of the rim on a missed shot. But the most inspiring sound comes from the swish sound that is made when the ball hits only the bottom of the net. Jason embellished these sounds.
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Robert Charles Payne is an inspirational writer who lives in West Monroe. He can be contacted by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.