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Published April 27, 2012, 07:20 PM

J-Mac Attack: Viral video star in Fargo to speak about autism and his inspring story

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - When Fargo-Moorhead parents of autistic children wanted to bring an A-list star to town for its big fundraiser tonight, it didn't turn to Hollywood or New York City.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

When Fargo-Moorhead parents of autistic children wanted to bring an A-list star to town for its big fundraiser tonight, it didn't turn to Hollywood or New York City.

The parents invited Jason McElwain, the student manager for his high school basketball team that came off the bench and wowed the world with his on-the court talents that went viral. Today, Jason, who has autism, talked with students in West Fargo and Fargo about his life changing night.

Who can forget these four minutes of basketball when student manager Jason McElwain was given one chance to wear a team uniform? Scoring 20 points; six three pointers…sending his hometown and packed school gym into a frenzy. A folk was hero born.

Today, Jason brought his incredible story to West Fargo High School. Now 23, Jason talked about how that night on the hardwood would and how it would change him, and how you and I look at autism.

Jason McElwain – YouTube Sensation: “That if you can't dream it, you can't become it.

His four minutes on the court would later earn him an ESPN Espy for the year's best sports moment. Since that day he has been thrust into the celebrity spokesperson for autism.

Jason McElwain: “They would show the highlights of the game on CNN, ESPN, and all the networks. It changed everything. I went from being an ordinary kid to now trying to inspire others.”

And for those parents who have children with autism, getting to meet Jason and hear his speech was more than a motivational talk.

Sandy Smith – Child Has Autism: “I watched that video over and over again, and sobbed watching. It was so inspiring. Somebody like Jason gives all families who are effected by autism hope.”

Jason still plays basketball and works at the grocery store, but he spends more time coaching JV. He's now the mentor, the teacher, and he is now the one telling kids they can be anything they dream of.

Jason is set to speak at a special Autism Awareness Fundraiser at the Ramada tonight. The dinner and program start in one hour.

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