Teamate helps Alex to get postioned on the court to score his first shot.
Cheerleaders and fans made a banner to show their pride in Alex Martin
By: Ashlie-Brooke Ouzts
Lugoff-Elgin played Blythewood Thursday night. These two basketball teams are not traditional rivals so why was the gym so packed? Alex Martin is the reason.
Alex is your typical High School freshman who attends classes each day, hangsout with his friends, and he's the manager of the boys junior-varsity basketball team.
Alex has Down Syndrome. He's has never been given the chance to play in a basketball game because of his disability. But Thursday night his dream came true. With the help of his teammates, coach and the Lugoff-Elgin community, Alex Martin stepped fearlessly onto the court.
"To him it's not a special need. It's a gift that God gave him," said classmate Brittany Richardson.
The Blythewood junior-varsity team allowed Martin to make the first score of the game. His joy and enthusiasm were evident by the smile on his face after he made his basket.
"He's like that bright star in the sky when the clouds are out. No matter what's going on, he is going to make you smile. You know he is fearless," said the Lugoff-Elgin junior-varsity coach Michael Thomas."
Lugoff-Elgin did not win the game, but Alex still knows he is a winner.
"It was great. I scored one shot," said Alex.
Alex will remember Thursday night, the night the entire Lugoff-Elgin community decided to honor him and his dreams.
"I just think it means a lot to him to be included," said Alex's mother, Libby Martin.