Jason McElwain became a household name and an inspiration to all young people soon after a magic moment in basketball. It happened at his Rochester, N.Y. high school, Greece Athena, during the school's final game of the regular season on February 15, 2006. The opposing team, the Trojans, had a comfortable lead with four minutes and nineteen seconds left on the clock. The coach sent in team manager Jason McElwain, a student with autism, who scored twenty points in the last incandescent
J-Mac signs autographs at Wegman's in Rochester, N.Y.
moments of the game to lead his team to victory. 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.
Jason McElwain now works in the bakery of a Wegmans Food Market and recently published an inspirational book called "The Game of My Life." Wegmans celebrated Jason McElwain's achievement with a book-signing party at the Latta Road store in Rochester, NY where he works, and pledged to donate all proceeds from book sales throughout Wegmans 71 stores between February 5 and March 31, 2008 to Autism Speaks. Wegmans selected Autism Speaks because it is one of the largest foundations dedicated to autism in the world with a presence in each of the market areas where Wegman's has stores.
As of March 31, Wegmans sold 2,068 copies of Jason's book making possible a $10,898 donation to Autism Speaks! It was the second highest – selling book at Wegmans during these eight weeks.
Well done, J-Mac and Wegmans!