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by: Esteban On  Monday, March 10, 2014

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If you’re a big fan of the stories about high school sports teams who go out of their way to make dreams come true for teammates with special needs, this one’s for you.

At the 2014 California Southern Section D-VI championship game recently, Trinity Classical Academy held a 20-point lead over Desert Chapel High School with a minute to go in the game. Thus, with the game safely in hand, they did the same thing they did nine other times this season: they put Beau Howell in the game.

Beau, you see, has autism, and had never scored a point in a game despite his coach’s best efforts. This was possibly his last chance.

Down by 20 points, you have to assume the Desert Chapel team was just eager to get the game over with and get out of there. Nobody likes to lose a championship game, and the pain is even worse when it’s a blowout.

However, if this was how the Desert Chapel players were feeling, you’d never know it. When they got the ball with about 30 seconds left, instead of just running out the clock, the team bent over backwards to get Beau Howell the first points of his basketball career.

Take a look:

Now that’s sportsmanship.

Hat Tip – [For the Win]




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