Basketball player with special needs makes shot of a lifetime

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COLFAX, Wis. (WEAU) - Showing sportsmanship on the court is something kids are taught at a young age. Tuesday night one local basketball player with special needs was all smiles after he was able to make the shot of a lifetime on the court thanks to the sportsmanship of his teammates and the opposing team.

Tyler Blodgett's mom Carrie says she was surprised when her son told her he wanted to try basketball this year.

She tells us all of her son's hard work paid off Monday night, and the shining moment was all caught on tape.

“He pumped his fist like it was the game winner and everyone gave him a standing ovation and the Elk Mound players were excited as Tyler’s team was,” Colfax 8th grade basketball coach Tim Devine said.

Devine says when Tyler joined his squad this year he made it a goal to have Tyler get the shot he'd been dreaming of.

“We called a timeout and set up a play and it didn't work for the first time. We tried again and finally you could just feel the excitement building in the gymnasium. Finally, on his fourth or fifth try Tyler finally sank a basket,” Devine explained.

Devine says it was thanks to the sportsmanship of the Elk Mound Mounders that Tyler was able to keep trying until the ball made it through the net.

“I screamed really loud and I was really happy and proud of him,” Tyler’s mom Carrie said.

Carrie says her son’s moment of excitement was a proud one. For his teammates, it was a moment of inspiration.

“It was pretty loud we were excited for Tyler and we were all happy for him and he scored more points than some of us on the bench,” teammate Mitchell Kiukhafer said.

For Coach Devine, one single basket only added two points to the score board last night, but he says its two points he'll never forget.

“That was our first loss of the season but walking off the court you would not have known that we were the losing team. Everyone was so excited about what Tyler had just accomplished,” Devine said.

Tyler told us he wants to keep making more baskets this season.

We also wanted to share the full clip from last night’s game, you can see it under related videos at the top of the page.


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