Every coach has that one game that stands out in their career. For Coach Jim Johnson, that game was played on Wednesday, February 15, 2006. It was that night that Coach Johnson gave the nod to a young man by the name of Jason McElwain. Nicknamed J-Mac by his coach, Jason had served as team manager for three years. J-Mac had always dreamed of playing. Now, on senior night, coach was giving J-Mac an opportunity of lifetime.
What made this evening so special was that Jason is autistic. Coach had watched Jason over the years, witnessed first hand the young man’s dedication to being the best manager possible. He inspired his teammates, always encouraging, always challenging. J-Mac had always celebrated the triumphant wins and big plays—now it was his turn.
On this episode of Anchored in Education, Coach Jim Johnson joins us to talk about that magical night over thirteen years ago. It changed J-Mac’s life, it changed Coach’s life, and now is your chance to hear the story that can change your life too.
Coach Jim Johnson
Based on what transpired in 2006, Coach Jim Johnson is an authority on teamwork, leadership and realizing your dreams.
During what people call the “miracle game” Coach helped an autistic high school senior realize his dream of playing with the team. Hoping for just one basket, Coach, and the rest of the country, was amazed when Jason McElwain scored 20 points in 4 minutes.
In his keynotes Dreams Really Do Come True, Leadership Lessons from Half Court, and 10 Questions, Coach inspires as he shares real-world tools that can be implemented right away. He has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, and ESPN and is the author of the book A Coach and a Miracle: Life Lessons From a Man Who Believed in an