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Student with special needs scores big in school basketball game

Posted at 4:49 PM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 17:59:21-05

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — The basketball game between John Pittard Elementary and Mitchell-Neilson Elementary started as any other regular season game, but it ended as one of the most heart-warming and memorable moments school officials have seen.

Jaiden Dickson, a 6th grade student with special needs, has been the manager for the 4th-6th grade John Pittard basketball team for the past two years. In that time, he's formed a special bond with his coach and teammates.

At times, Jaiden would get to practice with the team and work on his jump shot - never making it, but trying none the less.

"He's such a special kid. He's got a big heart," Principal Adam Bryson said describing Jaiden.

But during their final, regular-season game against Mitchell-Neilson, Jaiden got his moment to shine. The coach put him in and that's when the magic happened.

"It was just so organic...Without being coached, the opposite team kept passing him the ball so he could take his shot," said Principal Bryson.

And with that, Jaiden made his first basket. The crowd erupted in cheers.

"It was something bigger than Jaiden and all of us. I had to walk out of the gym I got so emotional," said Bryson. "I just thought the world's OK and the future is super bright."

Bryson and PR Director Lisa Trail described the moment as heart warming and emotional for everyone in the gym.