The Santa Clarita Sharks Basketball Team is an extension of the Special Olympics of Southern California. This is a team comprised of children ages 8-14,with 22 members, and 21 of those members autistic athletes. Although parents and coaches are also interviewed in this video, the autistic basketball stars express the benefits of non-mainsteam athletics, including the many social benefits, with one child stating that he most enjoyed “[talking] to people that are just like me, that have the same things”. Best of luck this season!
Featured on CNN, high school senior Jason McElwain, or “J. Mac”, is a diagnosed high-functioning autistic, and was a student assistant for the varsity basketball team at his high school. In the final home game of his senior year, he was given the chance to suit up and play in the game and scored a school-record 6 three-pointers in the last 4 minutes of the game. His story garnered much subsequent media attention and popularity in his senior year, as well as a brief, but none-the-less present, nationwide focus on the the overlap of autism and athletics.