Joey Burnham, a senior at Maine’s Sanford high school has a serious passion for basketball. Joey has a developmental disability that doesn’t allow him to compete on the court so he opted to be the basketball teams manager.
The long time team manager got a huge surprise during the teams last home game, he was asked to suit up and play!
With just under a minute left of the game against Thornton Academy, both teams agreed to let the clock run out and make the rest of the game all about Joey!
Joey took control of the ball, threw a few failed free throws and then moved to the three point line. One shot from outside, a miss, the second shot….swish! The crowd went wild and the smile on Joey’s face was nothing shy of incredible! As the crowd chanted ‘we love Joey’, the game ended and Joey had a memory that will no doubt last a lifetime!
Both teams showed incredible sportsmanship! This is what team sports are all about!