Ladies and gentlemen, it doesn’t get much better than this.
During Franklin Road Academy’s boys basketball Senior Night in Tennessee against University School of Nashville, student manager Robert Lewis got to dress with the team. That was special in itself because Lewis has given so much to the school’s athletic department — he has served as the team manager for the soccer, football and basketball teams — and became an integral part of the school family despite Down syndrome. Yet it wasn’t enough for Lewis to dress for the game, he also got onto the court, then made the very most of his time.
In the final seconds before time expired, Lewis found himself lined up in the corner. He received a clean pass and hoisted up a three with a defender a safe two feet away, draining the final shot of the game.
The made bucket was a remarkable fairytale ending, yet it was even better than just a made shot: It was a made shot while being guarded by his own brother, Matthew, who plays for University School.
Luckily for all of us, the entire heartwarming incident was caught on camera, complete with the wild Franklin Road celebrations that followed the final bucket. The video makes the story even better. Why? Because it ensures that we all know it was real.