Just in case you missed this story on TheBlaze blog Tuesday.
Mitchell Marcus is a student and the men’s basketball team manager at Coronado High School in El Paso, Texas. According to Marcus’ mother he’s had a love of the game since a young age, but because he has a mental disability he doesn’t officially play for the team.
That was until last week when Coach Peter Morales told Marcus to put on his Thunderbirds uniform for the last game of regular season play.
CBS On the Road was there to capture Marcus’ game. CBS reported Morales saying “for his moment in time, yes,” he was willing to lose the game when he put Marcus in with a minute-and-a-half left and only a 10 point lead.
There’s more than just putting Marcus in the game that caused his mother to say “I think I’ll cry about it for the rest of my life,” but we won’t spoil it for you (Note: spoiler after the video):
Marcus was unable to make the shots when he was passed the ball several times by his teammates.
“I was just hoping that he was happy to be put in the game,” Morales said.
But what happened next, Morales told CBS, he could not have dreamed it up.
In a shocking move that wasn’t asked of him, a member of the opposite team called Marcus’ name and passed him the ball so he could score — and this time he did.
Marcus now had two points on the board to his name.
Franklin High School senior Jonathon Montanez, the opposing player who passed Marcus the ball, told CBS he was “raised to treat others how you want to be treated.”
“I just thought Mitchell deserved his chance, deserved his opportunity,” Montanez continued.
And as CBS’ On the Road rightly put it, it is quite possibly one of the most memorable turnovers of all time.