Play the video above to see the CBS New York report on Calvin Lawson’s memorable basket!
Calvin Lawson, a William Floyd High School student with special needs and a member of the Colonials junior varsity basketball team (wearing #51 in the video), recently had a dream fulfilled when he scored a basket against Bishop McGann-Mercy High School early on in the junior varsity team’s season.
With less than two minutes remaining in the early December contest, Coaches Tom Sicari and Darrell Sumpter decided that it was time for Calvin to get into the game. The only problem was that Calvin had left his game shorts at home. Upon calling a timeout to address the situation, one of the team’s tri-captains, Michael Bradley, volunteered to go into the locker room and lend Calvin his shorts. Once Calvin entered the game, the entire team was rooting for him to score. On the team’s final possession, teammate Darrell Sumpter Jr. threw Calvin a perfect lob pass in the paint setting him up for his first attempt, which was successful.
Since Calvin’s first game action, he also scored on two free throws in another game against Sachem East, and completed an assist to teammate Quechien Morgan in a game against Longwood.
“Our team has really rallied around Calvin and he brings our energy up to another level,” said Coach Sicari. “I’m really proud of all the guys.”