Texas High Schooler Gives Amazing Assist to Developmentally Disabled Player

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterFebruary 26, 2013

We here at B/R believe that stories of people being amazing to one another never get old.

BuzzFeed recently spotted one of those moments, a stunning moment of sportsmanship.

It went down at a Texas high school basketball game, where a young basketball player passed the ball to a developmentally disabled opponent so he could score a basket. 

The original story documented by CBS News covers El Paso's Coronado High School and their team manager Mitchell Marcus. 

Marcus has a developmental disability, but it hasn't prevented him from developing a passion for basketball.

According to his mother, all he ever wants on his birthday is a basketball. 

But one unlikely gift was about to be presented to him by Coach Peter Morales. No matter the score, Morales was determined to get Marcus into the last game of the season, but a great sentiment turned to frustration for Marcus, as he failed to score in the waning moments of the game.

It's clear from the video that the missed shots and bumbled passes began to affect the young man. 

As Coach Morales states in the video, he just hoped that, despite the missteps, his young player was enjoying his time on the court. 

One player would guarantee that would happen.

Surprisingly, that player was Franklin's Jonathon Montanez. 

The high school senior called out to Marcus and delivered to him the sweetest and most compassionate turnover we have ever seen. 

Mitchell gets the ball and finally scores, resulting in the kind of wonderful bedlam you only see from an arena filled with people keyed in on one goal. 

Every last person in the gym wanted Mitchell to score, including the opposing team. 

As I said, sights like these never get old. 

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