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Near anniversary of ‘The Miracle Night,’ J-Mac uses platform to showcase young athletes

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) – It’s been 18 years since “The Miracle Night,” when Greece native Jason McElwain, better known as J-Mac, was taken off the basketball bench and scored 20 points for Greece Athena High School on February 15, 2006.

Nearly two years ago, J-Mac faced a life-threatening accident when his bike collided with a car in Greece.

Since then, he’s used his voice for good. He’s now on the other side of the camera, building a social media platform to shine a light on young athletes with “The J-Mac Show.”

“When I had the accident, when I was hit by a car and with all those injuries, I started the platform from my hospital bed,” he said, “I like to interview the best people. Not the best athletes, the best people. It’s not necessarily the top performer I want to get. I try to get guys that impact in other ways.”

J-Mac travels all over the region to interview players and coaches from local colleges and high schools.

As a motivational speaker and advocate for autism, he continues to use his own adversity to mentor student-athletes.

“I didn’t have the preparation. I was thrown into it, and I had great people around me, don’t get me wrong. [It’s about] pushing them to their limits where they didn’t know they can get to. Plus, I’m promoting the athletes and promoting them to college coaches that may be recruiting them,” he said.

As J-Mac reflects on the last year and a half, he says “The J-Mac Show” is just the beginning– giving a positive influence to local sports, and hopefully someday, on a bigger scale.

“Maybe God gave me different plans to go down another road. It’s to get back to the game and sports that I always love,” he said.

J-Mac also has a new bobblehead coming out in a couple weeks through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. A portion of the proceeds will be going to AutismUp.

You can follow “The J-Mac Show” on Facebook, Instagram, and X, or visit his website.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) – It’s been 18 years since “The Miracle Night,” when Greece native Jason McElwain, better known as J-Mac, was taken off the basketball bench and scored 20 points for Greece Athena High School on February 15, 2006.

Nearly two years ago, J-Mac faced a life-threatening accident when his bike collided with a car in Greece.

Since then, he’s used his voice for good. He’s now on the other side of the camera, building a social media platform to shine a light on young athletes with “The J-Mac Show.”

“When I had the accident, when I was hit by a car and with all those injuries, I started the platform from my hospital bed,” he said, “I like to interview the best people. Not the best athletes, the best people. It’s not necessarily the top performer I want to get. I try to get guys that impact in other ways.”

J-Mac travels all over the region to interview players and coaches from local colleges and high schools.

As a motivational speaker and advocate for autism, he continues to use his own adversity to mentor student-athletes.

“I didn’t have the preparation. I was thrown into it, and I had great people around me, don’t get me wrong. [It’s about] pushing them to their limits where they didn’t know they can get to. Plus, I’m promoting the athletes and promoting them to college coaches that may be recruiting them,” he said.

As J-Mac reflects on the last year and a half, he says “The J-Mac Show” is just the beginning– giving a positive influence to local sports, and hopefully someday, on a bigger scale.

“Maybe God gave me different plans to go down another road. It’s to get back to the game and sports that I always love,” he said.

J-Mac also has a new bobblehead coming out in a couple weeks through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. A portion of the proceeds will be going to AutismUp.

You can follow “The J-Mac Show” on Facebook, Instagram, and X, or visit his website. Read More Local NewsRochesterFirst  

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