Recently, a small town boy received big-time attention after his famous three point basketball shot dubbed, “Jaden’s Shot,” went viral. That video caught the attention of the famed Globetrotters, who were scheduled to appear in Tulsa, OK. The team extended Hackett student, Jaden James, an
While James is famous for his dunking skills, basketball is just a small part
His mom Wendy said, “Jaden’s passions for life go outside of ball. Ball is an important part, but more importantly is his joy of life in general…He truly enjoys going out and participating in sports…He loves to shoot, probably in part of
“When the original diagnosis of autism was handed to us at 18 months old, so were the ‘nevers’ that he wouldn’t be able to do. He would
never walk, talk, potty train, feed himself , the list goes on and on…There are no words that describe that feeling when you are told that your child has achildhood is gone. There is a time of feeling sorry for yourself, then you pick yourself up and put on your big boy shorts and take the bull by the horns. That is what we have tried to do everyday in everyway. utism. You feel that your child’s
His parents recognize that having a sibling with a disability can be difficult on the family. But his mom says that James’ siblings have never seen him as different and that they’ve always involved him.
I have always said, ‘I am so honored that God chose me to be his mommy and that God trusted me because He knew I could give Jaden exactly what he would always need.’
Prior to his autism diagnosis, James was experiencing seizures. He’s been treated for years with medication and has been seizure free since 2013.
His mother said this is where his love of sports was born. “Whatever
His parents have never allowed his diagnosis to define their life. “We have taken him everywhere ball has taken us following his brothers. He has had the opportunity to participate in the Special Olympics for years. This is the one time of year that it is all about him. We all partake in the day. He would of course rather socialize, but it is an
In addition to sports, James enjoys watching Dora and Blue’s Clues, going to school and church. His mom admits he enjoys the same things all typical teens do, a phone, tablet and tv.
James’ overcoming and joyful attitude is contagious, and as his mother said, we could learn a lot from him. Often times she sits back and
No doubt he’s an overcomer, and he’s kept an amazing and joyful spirit through it all. His mom and dad admit that they have become better parents
“We don’t know what the future looks like for Jaden, but one thing is for sure, he will always have his mom, dad, his Tyler, and Bubba to
continue toprovide him whatever he needs,”