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GutterflowerSteel
02-25-2010, 11:04 PM
This is my high school alma mater, and the story was on all of our local news stations. Amidst the never-ending snowicanes, shootings, murders, horrible child molestations ... this story made me cry - but in a good way :thumbsup: Click the link for a video clip of the dream shot & an interview afterwards (I don't know how to embed it). This boy persevered and made a play that he'll remember the rest of his life. It was my warm fuzzy of the day - hope it is for you, too:

http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/local/maryland-teen-basketball-dream-shot-tyler-devries-022410http://

Md. Teen Makes Dream Shot on Basketball Court
Linganore High's Tyler DeVries makes final shot


By BETH PARKER/myfoxdc

FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. - It is one thing to win. It is another to win the Tyler DeVries way.

It has been quite a journey. Tyler has cerebral palsy. Each year, he tried out for Linganore High School basketball and never made the team. Instead, he worked as the team manager, but he never gave up.

"I always wanted the crowd to, ya know, storm the court at me. That was one of my dreams," said DeVries.

Tuesday night was senior night, the final game of Tyler's career. His coach, Tom Kraft, gave Tyler the school's one leftover uniform and near the end of the first quarter put him the game. But Tyler missed both of the shots.

With the playoffs on the line, the coach never planned to put him back in.

"You could just see the look on his face. He felt that he had failed. I was like Tyler you alright? I was like Tyler, we're gonna get you back in," said his teammate Danny Hennigan.

"I always tell the kids - rebounding and defense is about what you've got in your heart. How hard you're willing to work and there's no question they were working hard for Tyler," said Coach Kraft.

Soon the crowd was chanting Tyler's name. With a bigger lead and minutes left in the game, Tyler did go back in. He got the ball and scored at the buzzer.

"I can't believe it happened. I felt like Michael Jordan," said Tyler.

His teammate Hennigan says, "I got a little teary-eyed when I saw him make the shot. He lives down the street from me and whenever I'd walk out of the house, you'd always hear the ball bouncing. That's Tyler."

Tyler says he wants to represent everybody with a disability and anybody who has tried out for a team and did not make the cut. Linganore High heads to the playoffs now. They may win, but they will never score bigger than this.

MasterOfPuppets
02-25-2010, 11:17 PM
your link was not working, but i found the story and got it working ...


http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/local/maryland-teen-basketball-dream-shot-tyler-devries-022410

GutterflowerSteel
02-25-2010, 11:21 PM
your link was not working, but i found the story and got it working ...


http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/local/maryland-teen-basketball-dream-shot-tyler-devries-022410

THANK YOU! :hug:

MasterOfPuppets
02-25-2010, 11:40 PM
THANK YOU! :hug:
your most welcome...:drink: ... its to bad the video wasn't zoomed in on the kid when the ball went thru the hoop...it woulda been nice to see his reaction at that time.

GBMelBlount
02-27-2010, 08:03 PM
Wow. That made me tear up.

Thanks for sharing.

Shea
02-27-2010, 11:11 PM
Very cool story.

Way to go, Tyler. :thumbsup: