The Game of My Life

The Game of My Life

A True Story of Challenge, Triumph, and Growing up Autistic

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Penguin Putnam
The incredible true story of one high school student's determination to triumph against the challenges of autism-and his opponents on the basketball court...

On February 15, 2006, the Greece Athena Trojans high school basketball team took the court for the final game of the regular season. With four minutes and nineteen seconds left on the clock, and the Trojans nursing a comfortable lead, the coach sent Jason McElwain-an autistic student and the team manager-to the scorer's table. He scored twenty points, including a school record six three- pointers. J-Mac, as McElwain became known, was carried off the court on his teammates' shoulders, and a videotape of the game quickly found its way onto national television, making J-Mac a household name.

An inspiration to people everywhere, Jason McElwain's amazing accomplishment was broadcast on CN, ESPN, and local newscasts across the country, moving President Bush to tears with his courage and determination. The Game of My Life is one of the few books written by an autistic author-a riveting chronicle of how J-Mac overcame a lifetime of adversity.

Baker & Taylor
An inspirational memoir recounts one young man's lifelong battle to overcome a diagnosis of severe autism and the tough challenges he and his family confronted and describes the role of basketball in transforming his life.

Blackwell North Amer
On February 15, 2006, the Greece Athena Trojans high school basketball team took the court for the final game of the regular season. Joining them in uniform on the bench, for the first time, was team manager Jason McElwain - an autistic student who'd been collecting towels, fetching water, and motivating his teammates during practices. McElwain had been attending public high school for part of each day and was proud to be considered a member of the team. To be allowed to dress for this final game - and to sit alongside his teammates - was quite a thrill.
And then something incredible happened. With four minutes and nineteen seconds left on the clock, and the Trojans nursing a comfortable lead, the coach sent McElwain to the scorer's table. After missing his first two shots, he suddenly found his rhythm - scoring twenty points, including a school record six three-pointers. J-Mac, as McElwain became known, was carried off the court on his teammates' shoulders, and a videotape of the game quickly found its way onto national television, making J-Mac a household name. Soon he was appearing on Oprah, winning an ESPY Award - and even meeting the president. The Game of My Life is Jason McElwain's first-person account of the challenges of growing up autistic - not only for himself bur for his family.

Baker
& Taylor

Recounts one young man's lifelong battle to overcome a diagnosis of severe autism and the tough challenges he and his family confronted, and describes the role of basketball in transforming his life.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : New American Library, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780451223012
0451223012
Branch Call Number: 616.89 M141g
Characteristics: viii, 243 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Paisner, Daniel

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