EL PASO, Texas –– The team manager for the Coronado High School Thunderbirds has a developmental disability, but the coach wanted to put him in the last game of the regular season.
Coach Peter Morales tells CBS News Mitchell’s love of the game surpasses everyone.
“He’s just an amazing person that our basketball team loves being around,” Morales says.
So with a minute and a half left in the game, Morales told Mitchell to suit up, as Coronado was leading by 10 points.
“He wasn’t going to be able to score, but I was hoping that he was happy that he was just put in the game,” Morales says.
Mitchell’s teammates passed him the ball, but he kept missing shots. The other team even managed to get the ball with seconds left in the game.
That’s when Jonathon Montanez, a senior on the other team, called for Mitchell, and threw him the ball.
Mitchell made the shot, and the crowd rushed onto the floor to congratulate him.