Inspiring Shot

I am a senior basketball player at Harrisburg High School, in the small town of Harrisburg Oregon. On the night of February 11th, 2012, it was senior night. On the boy’s basketball team, we have a mentally challenged young man named Vale, who is a senior at Harrisburg High School as well. His dream has always been to play in a varsity basketball game. February 11th came and his dream came true. He was suited down for the varsity game and the coach had promised him that he would get some playing time. Harrisburg’s team was up by a large margin and the coach called down the bench “Vale, let’s go!” He was put into the game and within less than a minute of being in, a team mate passed him the ball as he stood on the 3 point line. Vale has always personally told me that he wants to make a 3 pointer and how close he has gotten in the past. The crowd holds their breath as Vale shoots….. and SCORES! I have never heard the gym become so loud in my entire high school career. People jumped out of their seats and tears ran down many people’s faces. His very first varsity game, his very first shot, and he scored a 3 pointer, something he has dreamed about doing since his freshman year. The opposing team showed wonderful sportsmanship, allowing Vale to shoot uncontested, and the referees were also rooting for Vale by not calling any travelling or other violations.
Vale’s story is truly inspirational to everyone, no matter if they know the game of basketball or not. He is a kid who did not give up on his dream, even as his senior year season came to a close. To see this young man’s dream come true, was life changing. I will always remember the night that Vale met his dreams, fully supported by the entire Harrisburg of community. I am so proud of my classmate and would love for him to get recognized. This is what I consider a shot worthy of the grand prize for Head to the Hoop

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McKenna Brown says ... on Monday, Feb 13 at 9:24 AM

As an alumna from Harrisburg and knowing Vale, this moved me beyond words. I can't watch this video enough times. To see that he achieved his dream after so much trial is very inspirational. Definitely worthy of the grand prize. Way to go Vale!

KVAL Sports says ... on Monday, Feb 13 at 2:20 PM

Thanks for the submission EaglePride22!

GetAGrip007 says ... on Monday, Feb 13 at 3:57 PM

Heart warming wonderful story showing us all our humanity-

Leila White says ... on Monday, Feb 13 at 6:00 PM

Vale has taught us all that no matter what your disabilities you can achieve anything you want if you try hard enough and don't give up, Your dream can come true, the emotion in that gym is beyond words. This young man is deserves the GRAND PRIZE.

ProudtobeanEagle:) says ... on Monday, Feb 13 at 6:14 PM

Being a student at Harrisburg High I see Vale on a daily basis and he is always telling me how bad he wanted to make a 3 pointer in a game. It would always put a smile on my face! I could hardly beilieve my eyes when the ball swished through the net!

SeniorEagle says ... on Monday, Feb 13 at 6:19 PM

I am also a senior at Harrisburg and have had the opportunity to attend school with Vale from the 1st grade. He is such a joy and inspiration to everyone at our school. So very happy that he accomplished his goal and that he never gave up! :)

Ranit says ... on Monday, Feb 13 at 7:30 PM

My husband coached Vale in basketball his freshman year of high school. I watched every home game and loved to see Vale light up when he played. When I saw this, I could not stop crying!! He finally got his big dream! He deserves the grand prize.

EaglePride says ... on Monday, Feb 13 at 9:24 PM

This was so amazing! I know Vale is always cheering us on, letting us know we did a good job this is such a great way to do the same for him!

Tim Walter says ... on Monday, Feb 13 at 10:33 PM

As Vale's Scout leader since he was in 2nd grade or so, I can say that I have learned as many positives from him as he has from me. Vale is the definition of focused effort, gaining everything he can from what he has. He deserves this award.

Vale's parents says ... on Monday, Feb 13 at 10:45 PM

We appreciate all who made Vale's dream possible. I heard my son infinite times talking about how close he was on getting a shot when he was put in games. He was always looking forward the next opportunity. "I felt so good" Vale says. Thank you.

HburgEagle says ... on Tuesday, Feb 14 at 3:37 PM

Reading this still makes me tear up and get chills. Vale's story is so inspirational. Seeing him at school the next Monday, he was bouncing and talking so much about his wonderful shot. We'll hear about it for a long time, but it's worth it. Go Vale!

Mike Johnson says ... on Thursday, Feb 16 at 9:27 AM

I saw the story of Vale's 3 point shot this morning on AM Northwest! WAY TO GO VALE! GREAT SHOT! YOU MADE THE SHOT YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO MAKE! WAY TO GO YOU STUD!!!!!!!!

mike johnson says ... on Thursday, Feb 16 at 9:33 AM

Call Cannon beach Fire & Rescue ask to get a message to me & leave your phone # & I will call you back & we will arrange a tour for Vale & his family! 503-436-2949

Lil'General says ... on Thursday, Feb 16 at 10:38 PM

I have never jumped so high for a fellow teammate until that shot! That night, I will remember for the rest of my life. That night a life was made, so was a three point basket. Great Job Vale!! This young man is well worthy of the grand prize!

Shaq says ... on Tuesday, Feb 21 at 8:27 PM


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