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Positivity: With assistance from rival Holt, Grand Ledge basketball team manager suits up and makes 3s

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Grand Ledge, Michigan (video at link; HT Ace):

Published 7:00 a.m. ET Feb. 25, 2019 | Updated 9:34 p.m. ET Feb. 25, 2019

Michael Bryant hadn’t suited up for a basketball game over the last two seasons since he became a part of the Grand Ledge varsity boys basketball program as a team manager.

But Bryant figured Friday he would bring his basketball shoes just in case.

The Grand Ledge senior who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a child and is cognitively impaired has been hoping the last two seasons for an opportunity to get on the court.

“I dreamed about going on the court and shooting 3-pointers,” Bryant said.

It finally happened Friday.

And it turned out to be a night to remember.

Grand Ledge coach Scott Lewis informed his team of his plans to dress Bryant for Friday’s home regular-season finale against rival Holt. And he then challenged them to gain control of the game so Bryant would have an opportunity to get on the court in the final minutes.

Grand Ledge took care of its business and had control of the game in the closing minutes. Once Bryant got in the game, Holt coach Darren Zwick and his players made sure Bryant would have a chance to shoot.

Bryant made two of his three 3-point attempts in the game’s late stages as the rival schools came together for the special moment.

“(Our players) were super motivated and got after it the whole game,” Lewis said. “Coach Zwick – awesome guy. I can’t say enough about him. After that game, I was like it’s hard for us to be rivals with Holt after that. With two minutes to go he called the timeout and told his guys kind of about the situation. He pulled the plug on the game.

“Michael came in and (Zwick’s) guys let him shoot a 3. He missed the first one and made the second one. I don’t know who was cheering more – Holt’s bench and Holt’s coaches, or our bench or the crowd. It was amazing, man. It was the whole community, whether it be Holt, whether it be Grand Ledge – everyone in the gym was cheering for the kid. Then he came down and hit another one and banked it in. It was a really cool moment.” …

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