Blind Iowa Basketball Player Makes His One Shot Count [VIDEO]
Many kids dream of playing high school sports. Some go on to be star athletes, while others simply want an opportunity. 18-year-old Clay Warner certainly made the most of his.
Warner is a senior at North Polk High School in Alleman. He was born four months premature, has cerebral palsy, and is legally blind. Despite his physical limitations, he still has an infectious attitude and an enthusiasm for basketball.
Warner suited up for every Comets' game this season, but had yet to see any game action. That was, until Friday night versus Roland-Story.
North Polk head coach Nick Wilkins told WHO-TV, "It was Senior Night. If there’s an opportunity that presented itself, I wanted to take it advantage of it. All the players were for it, too."
Warner checked into the game late in the fourth quarter, received a pass on the right side of the court, and buried his first--and only--shot attempt. And the crowd went crazy:
North Polk lost the game 63-48, but that wasn't important to his teammates, the fans, or his mom, Melissa:
"For him to be able to go out and do something he loves, we’re just really blessed ... he felt like he was part of the team doing what his teammates were doing."
It's inspirational moments like these that make sports so great. Congratulations, Clay!