Never give up…Coach Jim Johnson’s leadership transformed a school and Jason
Based on what transpired in a few short moments in early 2006, Coach Jim Johnson is now an authority on the subject of realizing your dreams. In his many public speaking appearances, the Rochester, New York resident relates his role in a high school basketball game that made national headlines. He emphasizes the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship; concepts which gave Coach Johnson winning high school basketball teams for over 30 years.. Coach has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, ESPN and dozens of other National TV and radio shows. In 2011, he released his first book A Coach and a Miracle: Life Lessons from a Man Who Believed in an Autistic Boy. Coach was named the Class A Section Five Coach of the Year. He officially retired from coaching so that he can speak full time; he also works closely a with Rochester-area non-profit: AutismUp. On Feb. 15, 2006, Coach Johnson made the kindhearted gesture of inserting his autistic manager, Jason McElwain, now known to the world as J-Mac into Greece Athena High School’s final home game, which the Trojans won 79-43. J-Mac scored 20 points in just over four minutes, including six three-point baskets, to become an instant national celebrity. Coach Johnson, also, was featured in major news outlets around the country.
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