Thornton Academy Unified Basketball Player Makes Amazing Half Court Shot
The crowd and the teams went nuts when a Thornton Academy unified basketball player made a three-point half-court shot over his head with his back to the basket.
If you are unfamiliar with unified sports, the Special Olympics website explains it prefectly:
"Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding."
These teams are like families. They encourage and root for each other and in the end, it's not who won the game. It's how it made everyone feel. Included and an important part of a team.
During Wednesday's unified game between Thornton Academy and Sanford, Josh Ross had the ball and was bringing it down the court when he stopped at center court, turned around, and took a shot over his head that was all net. The three-pointer brought the Trojans within 5 points of the Spartans.
The bench cleared as the entire team came out to congratulate Josh on his shot while the crowd gave him a standing ovation.
You can see the amazing shot in this YouTube video below that Josh's mom Allie Ross shot. Talk about a proud mom moment!
The celebration is the best part which was shared on Thornton Academy's Facebook page with the caption: "Sign him up! Check out this half-court, back-to-the-basket shot by Josh Ross at Wednesday's Unified game vs. Sanford and the reaction of his team!"
Congratulations Josh! What an amazing shot!