3.05.2006

autistic basketball player

by now, most of you have heard about the kid with autism that scored 20 points in a high school basketball game. most people feel that it is a feel good story about a autistic kid, who got to live out some sort of dream when his coach, who had only let him be a manager before, put into a game that was already a blowout.

i'd like to give a different point of view. if anything, all this shows us is that 1) the coach discriminated against the kid, and 2) the coach is not a very good coach.

here is a kid who can clearly hit the three. i don't care how athletic he is, at the high school level, if you can shoot, you can probably make a real contribution to the team. yet the coach never let him play, never even considered him playing, except as a show for sympathy. we always talk about trying to treat people with disabilities like everyone else. if the coach had truly done that, the kid would have been a normal part of that team's rotation. now the basketball season is all but over and the kid will never get a chance to play organized ball again. way to waste his potential coach.

just need to get that off my chest.

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