Last week, a high school basketball team in Texas ensured that everyone on the team had an opportunity to play. They let Mitchell Marcus, their team manager, suit up for the last game of the season. Not only that, the coach put Mitchell into the game for the final 90 seconds. Not newsworthy, except for the fact that Mitchell has a developmental disability.
His teammates tried to involve Mitchell in the game by passing him the ball and encouraging him to shoot. But it’s what Jonathan Montanez, a member of the opposing team, did at the end that has everyone sharing this story. “I was raised to treat others the way you wanna be treated. I just thought Mitchell deserved his chance.”
We still live in a society where these examples of inclusion pull at our heartstrings. Those of us promoting inclusion certainly want to take advantage of the good feelings it engenders. One day, we hope not to have highlight these; it will be the norm.
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