Assemblyman Reilich congratulates Jason “J-Mac” McElwain for his achievements at today’s Assembly Minority Disability Awareness Day Ceremony in the State Capitol Tuesday.
Jason McElwain, received national attention as the 17 year-old autistic team manager of the Greece Athena Trojans basketball team who scored twenty points in four minutes during one of the last home games of the regular season.
“Today we are celebrating those individuals who have overcome personal physical or mental challenges,” said Reilich. “As a young boy, Jason was diagnosed with autism. Jason has overcome many challenges and has realized extraordinary achievements. I am honored to present him with this award today.”
Assemblyman Reilich noted autism is the third most-common developmental disability in the United States. It affects over 26,000 people in New York, and one in 500 children will be diagnosed with the disorder.
“Today is full of great excitement and success; it is not the only accomplishment Jason has realized in his life. He is a good brother, a devoted son and an active member of his school,” said Reilich. “He enjoys time with his friends and feels at home both on and off the court.”