MERIDIAN – What could bring such excitement to the court of a sophomore basketball game?
A kid firing away in the final two minutes, even with his team up 20 points. Yet every shot is absolutely breath taking.
To understand this moment, to understand the excitement, you have to understand the story.
Micah Harris, has been winning since the day he was born.
Micah after 1st surgery
“He was born with a defect called Metopic Synostosis,” Fletch Harris, Micah’s father, explained.
When he was born, his skull bones were completely fused together, limiting the grown and development of his brain.
When he was just six months old, Micah had to have skull surgery. A year and half later, he had a second procedure, equally as severe.
“It’s given him the opportunity to be somewhat of a normal kid,” Fletch said.
Despite the success of the operations, Micah’s parents were told their son would never exceed the learning capacity of a fourth grader.
Micah, who is now a sophomore at Mountain View High School, has already far exceeded those expectations.
“He just faces everything head on,” said Micah’s mother Kerrie. “It’s all from here. All from here,” she added, pointing to her heart.
These days, there’s one thing that really ignites that passion, that motivates, that inspires: the game of basketball.
“Oh my goodness,” Kerrie said with a smile. “It’s everything to him.”
“He doesn’t miss for anything,” said sophomore head basketball coach Glenn Barnes.
Micah tried out for the Mavericks basketball team back in October, but he did not make the team. With the encouragement of the players, he found a different role: team manager.
“He has an incredible relationship with the rest of the players,” Barnes said. “They talk and text and just hang out in normal after school situations.”
“He’s fun to be around,” added sophomore guard Cam Flabel. “He’s really outgoing. He’s a jokester. He makes everyone laugh.”
The entire season, Micah has watched, encouraged, and whether he knows it or not, changed the lives of those around him.
“It’s more than basketball, really,” Cam said. “It’s more important than winning. Just doing the right thing.”
With the final game of the regular season circled on the calendar, last week Cam and the rest of the Mavericks went to their coach.
Their request? To let Micah play.
“They said, ‘What if? Can we do this,'” recalled Barnes.
“After looking into it, Micah had all the necessary grade requirements. He had all the necessary paperwork.”
“I just think Micah has been so dedicated this season,” Cam said. “He’s put in a lot of work just like us. He just deserves some recognition for it, I guess.”
This past Thursday, the Mountain View boys basketball team took the court, with Micah as one of their captains.
The game plan was to put him in with approximately two minutes to go and let him do was he does best: to inspire, to motivate, to demonstrate the true meaning and impact team sports can make.
And if you thought you saw love before, Micah created a moment that will be hard to forget.
With approximately 30 seconds left in the game, on his final shot of the game, Micah hit a three-point field goal.
“Not one of those guys will forget what they did for Micah and what Micah did for them,” said and emotional Barnes after the game. “Micah is an amazing kid.”
“Every time I’m on the court with those boys, I feel like I’m being loved,” Micah said in his postgame interview. “They love me because I’m their brother … I love them. They are my family.”
“I’ll never forget it,” Kerrie said. “He said that it was the best day of his life.”