When it comes to basketball, it’s not always about the game itself. Often the very best parts come in the form of amazing trick shots. These shots involve the kind of skills that leave the average person dumbfounded, skills we readily attribute to professional players.
But sometimes, these amazing talents turn up in places you would never think. For instance, on a high school basketball court in Nebraska.
James Meiergerd was determined to perform a trick shot in front of his peers.
The 18-year-old West Point-Beemer High School student, who has down syndrome, practiced for two weeks.
It was during the half-time of a game against rivals Wisner-Pilger that James finally got his chance. Best friend Manny Barragan had practiced with James and was right there to offer his support.
James made multiple attempts. But when his trick shot went into the basket, the entire place erupted.
James beamed with pride as he embraced his friend and he was greeted with congratulatory back pats as he exited the court. It was an amazing moment that quickly went viral.
James’ trick shot even got the attention of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters. They invited him to be their guest when they play in Omaha.
His mom Karen said the moment “gives you goosebumps.” It also teaches us that if you work hard and never give up, then you have the potential to inspire others and achieve amazing things.
To see the video of James’ trick shot, click below. Share his amazing moment today.